May 2, 2017 —
Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today announced a partnership, designed to bring new, exciting content to attendees of both CCA’s 2017 Annual Convention, taking place October 25-27 in Fort Worth, and NATE UNITE 2018, February 19-22 in Nashville. NATE will develop and sponsor a conference track at CCA’s event highlighting infrastructure innovators and opportunities, and CCA will host and sponsor a carrier track at NATE UNITE 2018 focusing on the most pressing wireless policy issues and industry trends.
CCA’s 2017 Annual Convention will celebrate the Association’s 25th anniversary – and feature extensive programming featuring technical, marketing, policy and business development opportunities for competitive carriers. NATE will sponsor and program a conference track, focused on the tower-site deployment activities associated with the post 600 MHZ Incentive Auction “Broadcast Repack” transition; enhancing safety and efficiency through the wireless infrastructure industry’s utilization of Unmanned Aerial Systems and other emerging technologies; and expanding the skills of the wireless workforce through opportunities involved with the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) nationwide certification programs.
“Competitive carriers are committed to bringing reliable mobile broadband services to everyone in North America and CCA events bring together more North American carrier executives than any other event,” said Steven K. Berry, CCA’s President and CEO. “Infrastructure is a key component of this endeavor, and CCA is delighted to partner with NATE for our fall event. The addition of a NATE-sponsored track, designed to bring together the carriers and tower executives who will drive policy changes in Washington and innovation in the field, is an exciting step in the continued evolution of our shows – and the industry.”
NATE UNITE 2018 will bring together senior decision makers in the communications tower industry. CCA will sponsor and program a half-day conference focused on regulatory issues and outline the ways the tower industry and mobile carriers can work together to drive a more competitive marketplace.
“This CCA-NATE event partnership is a win-win for the industry that will serve to unite key stakeholders from all layers of the wireless ecosystem to deliver informative and timely programming led by some of the industry’s most dynamic speakers and subject matter experts,” stated NATE Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “NATE is thrilled to collaborate with CCA and their member companies on this dynamic partnership.”
On Thursday, May 2 at 11:00 a.m. EDT Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., former Secretary of Labor for OSHA, will be conducting a live NATE webinar entitled Effectively Handling an OSHA Inspection Under an Enforcement Driven OSHA.
OSHA has become much more aggressive about inspections and rule enforcement especially involving recent recordkeeping rule revisions and emphasis on temporary employees. The number of Federal OSHA inspections resulting in penalties in excess of $100,000 has been dramatically increasing over the past several years. This number continues to grow since OSHA penalties increased 78% on August 1, 2016. This comprehensive presentation will offer attendees an in-depth, practical examination of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (the “Act”) and how it and the Secretary of Labor’s right to enforce the Act may potentially affect the inspected facility and the company’s business objectives.
This presentation will take attendees through the inspection process, including pre-inspection, opening conference, walk-around inspection, document production, employee interviews, closing conference, informal conference, appeals and hearings before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC). Attendees will be provided a step-by-step discussion of the legal and practical process implicated when OSHA arrives for an inspection, how to define the scope of the inspection, and how to effectively assert your legal rights when OSHA is being unreasonable. This presentation will provide attendees essential tips for what every manager should do while the inspection is being conducted and afterward to help achieve the best possible outcome. Finally, the presentation will examine how to assert your legal rights and the relationship of OSHA inspections to other regulatory and business responsibilities.
April 11, 2017 —
A National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) delegation consisting of Chairman Jim Tracy, Board of Directors member John Paul Jones, Executive Director Todd Schlekeway and Policy Director Jim Goldwater was in Washington, D.C. the week of April 3-7 for a series of Legislative & Regulatory meetings. The meetings in Washington, D.C. were timed to coincide with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s declaration of April 2017 as “Infrastructure Month”.
During the productive week, the NATE delegation conducted meetings on Capitol Hill, with various federal agencies and industry organizations. The meetings provided NATE’s leadership with an opportunity and platform to discuss the Association’s 2017 legislative and regulatory priorities.
Throughout the week, NATE officials highlighted the prominent role the Association’s member companies will be playing in the deployment of the FirstNet Public Safety Broadband Network, the post-Incentive Auction Broadcast “Repack” work on tall towers and the future build-out of 5G networks and related technologies. During the meetings, NATE also addressed the Association’s leadership role integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into the communications tower industry, NATE’s efforts to seek changes to the onerous tower marking provisions contained in Section 2110 of the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 and promote the Association’s efforts to streamline small cell deployment in the United States.
During all of the meetings, NATE emphasized workforce safety and raised awareness on the valuable resources, standards and materials the Association has available to ensure that the coming spike in work is conducted safely and in a quality manner.
“As I reflect on NATE’s recent trip to D.C., it is evident to me that the nation’s capital needs the influence of NATE and its membership. The real life experiences of our members lend credibility to wireless and broadcast policy. Our conspicuous presence in the wireless ecosystem is quite secure,” stated Jim Tracy, NATE Chairman and CEO of Legacy Telecommunication, Inc. in Burley, Washington. “Rest assured, NATE will continue to relentlessly build relationships in Washington, D.C. in order to ensure that policies and regulations are taking into account the prosperity, safety and welfare of our member companies who are so vital to advancing the networks and connectivity of today and tomorrow,” added Tracy.
April 3, 2017 —
ASSE recently published two Z359 Fall Protection Standards, which cover important components of an organization’s managed fall protection program.
ANSI/ASSE Z359.2 – 2017 Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program
This standard establishes criteria and requirements for an employer’s fall protection program including policies, duties and responsibilities, training, survey and identification of fall hazards, fall protection procedures, eliminating or controlling fall hazards, rescue procedures, program implementation, incident investigation and evaluating program effectiveness.
For further information or to purchase a copy, CLICK HERE.
ANSI/ASSE Z359.3 – 2017 Safety Requirements for Lanyards and Positioning Lanyards
This standard establishes requirements for the performance, design, marking, qualification and verification testing and instructions for lanyards and positioning lanyards for users within the capacity range of 130 to 310 pounds (59 to 140kg).
For further information or to purchase a copy, CLICK HERE.
March 21, 2017
The Nevada Wireless Association (NevWa) is pleased to partner with the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) to provide a free day of education on wireless industry safety and quality. The Safety Summit will take place on Thursday, March 30 at the Fiesta Henderson Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nevada. Registration is free for all attendees!
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM PST – Free light breakfast networking event
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST – Fall Prevention Working Training Course hosted by NATE
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM PST – Free participant lunch
12:45 PM – 2:45 PM PST – Fall Prevention Worker Training Course (Continued)
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM PST – National Wireless Safety Alliance Certification Process
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM PST – Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Wireless Industry
Fall Prevention Worker Training Course Hosted by NATE
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is pleased to offer a comprehensive Fall Prevention Worker Training Course for industry employees and employers. The Fall Prevention Worker Training Course is offered free of charge and is made possible due to a Susan Harwood Training Grant (SH-29596-SH6) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. This course is for all who work in the wireless industry, not just those that climb or work in the construction field. The intent is to educate everyone on the importance of fall prevention.
Course participants will learn about:
· The principles of fall protection;
· Specific hazards in the communication tower industry;
· Principles of safe climbing;
· 100% tie-off procedures and requirements;
· Tower systems;
· Inspecting PPE;
· Testing safety climb systems; and
· Developing a fall rescue plan.
The course will also include information regarding employee and employer rights and responsibilities under the OSH Act of 1970, whistleblower complaint procedures and protection provisions.
National Wireless Safety Alliance Certification
Attendees will learn about the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA), a national non-profit assessment and certification organization established to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable worker certification in order to enhance safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training, and recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers and other non-standard structures. Participants will learn about the process leading to NWSA certification and how future network deployments will be shaped by the efforts of an NWSA certified workforce.
Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Wireless Industry
This session will examine the enormous commercial potential offered by unmanned aerial systems (UAS), popularly referred to as drones. Attendees will learn about the safety and quality benefits associated with the utilization of UAS in the communications tower industry and receive an update on the current trends and regulatory environment associated with rapidly evolving drone technologies.
CLICK HERE to register now!