(Washington, D.C.) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA to receive a $155,000 Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training Grant for the 2017-2018 program year. The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis. Awards are issued annually based on Congressional appropriation.
The topic of the training program to be developed by NATE is Fall Prevention in the Construction Industry, with an emphasis on Rigger Awareness and Worker Safety. The Rigger Awareness course curriculum will be focused on introducing workers and employers to rigging terminology, rigging equipment and proper use, rigging inspections, rigging related hazards, crane signals and industry reference materials/standards. Additionally, the training will include information regarding employee and employer rights and responsibilities under the OSH Act of 1970, whistleblower complaint procedures and protection provisions.
“NATE’s selection as a Susan Harwood Training Grant recipient for the third consecutive year is a testament to the quality of the grant-enabled training programs that the Association’s Subject Matter Experts have been able to develop,” said NATE Board of Directors Vice Chairman Jim Miller, President of EasTex Tower, LLC in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “NATE is particularly excited about offering free training through this grant as rigging is a practice that is required to be utilized extensively while working at communication tower sites and there are many hazards that exist due to rigging that can compromise the safety and health of industry workers if not done correctly,” added Miller.
As a result of receiving the Susan Harwood Training Grant, NATE plans to host Rigger Awareness Safety Training courses throughout the country in 2018. NATE projects that a minimum of 312 employers and employees will receive Rigger Awareness Safety training through this grant.
(Bloomington, MN) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled a Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) video as part of Volume 2 of the popular Climber Connection series. The video was released at the NATE Wireless Industry Network (WIN) Great Plains Regional Conference in Bloomington, Minnesota.
The fast-paced video highlights the explosive growth of DAS and the essential role this technology plays in densifying networks to ensure ubiquitous coverage and connectivity in populated venues and facilities such as stadiums, airports, hospitals and convention centers. The video also provides an overview how the technology and sophisticated components of the DAS network interface together in order to provide this essential coverage.
The centerpiece of the video shines a spotlight on the DAS technology installed in U.S. Bank Stadium, the state-of-the-art home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and the host of this season’s Super Bowl LII (52), which will take place February 4, 2018. U.S. Bank Stadium’s spacious lay-out and countless amenities require a sophisticated and robust wireless network and the video provides an inside look at the venue’s DAS technology.
“This video does a great job of showcasing U.S. Bank Stadium’s DAS network and connecting the dots on how the system works behind the scenes to enhance the experience of fans who visit the venue,” said Greg Novak from Minnesota-based NATE member company Vertical Limit. “NATE and its member companies are on the front lines making connectivity possible at some of the most famous venues and events in the world,” added Novak.
Click HERE to watch the DAS video. NATE encourages tower technicians and industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the DAS video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection.
The Climber Connection Volume 2 campaign was developed by the NATE Member Services Committee in conjunction with the NATE Safety & Education Committee and is designed to provide specific resources and communicate the Association’s message directly to the industry’s workforce.
Visit HERE to access the A10.48 Standard, Broadcast Repack, Riding the Line, UAS Operations and Guy-Wire Anchor Inspection videos that were previously released as part of the Volume 2 edition of the Climber Connection video series. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.
The wireless industry and the broadcasters continued to debate the 39-month window set up for the repack of broadcast TV spectrum during the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology’s hearing this morning entitled, “The Broadcast Incentive Auction: Update on Repacking Opportunities and Challenges.”
With the FCC in the middle of reorganizing broadcasters into the remaining TV bands following the spectrum incentive auction, which cleared 84 megahertz of spectrum and raised $19.8 billion in bids, the House asked for an update on the repacking process would be completed “without disruption to consumers,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) chairman of the committee.
While not explicitly proposing an extension of the FCC’s 39-month repacking window, the National Association of Broadcasters asked that the “FCC’s death penalty” not be enforced “if circumstances beyond its control prevent its transition at the assigned time.”
“Relocating nearly a thousand TV stations to new channels represents a mammoth logistical challenge for broadcasters as well as the FCC,” Rick Kaplan, NAB general counsel, said. “There also will be complications both predictable and unanticipated, such as weather events or accidents.
Kaplan went on to blame the previous Democratically-led FCC for sticking the current commission with “herculean task” in terms of repacking task. He said Congress’ $1.75 billion TV broadcaster fund was not enough money for the transition, and finally, the 39-month transition window was “arbitrary” and “inadequate.”
Scott Bergmann, vice president, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA, countered that the billions spent by the wireless industry for the spectrum auction will only be realized through a “timely” completion of the broadcast TV spectrum repack. He did not disagree that additional funding is needed, proposing the “Viewer Protection Act,” introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), would provide the needed funding.
“With respect to timing, we strongly urge the members of this Committee to maintain the 39-month deadline, which will preserve the integrity of the auction and speed deployment of wireless broadband services to rural America,” Bergmann said.
On the issue of funding, the wireless industry has accused broadcasters of using the relocation money to fund a technology upgrade, such as the transition to ATSC 3.0.
“While CTIA has no objection to broadcasters acquiring improved equipment as part of the repacking, broadcasters should be responsible for covering the costs in excess of those needed to acquire comparable facilities,” Bergmann said. Kaplan denied the charge and maintained, upfront, that the broadcasters are not seeking any money to subsidize upgrades beyond our current operations.
NATE Promotes Safe Broadcast TV Spectrum Repack
James Tracy, Chairman of the National Association of Tower Erectors, did not take a position on the 39-month window in his written comments, but explained the association’s interest the safety of the workers, both broadcast and wireless, involved in the transition.
“We believe that the marketplace will ultimately dictate the time period it will take to achieve this transition,” Tracy said. “NATE’s priorities and focus during this transition will be to provide the broadcast and wireless industry workforce with the safety, standards and best practices resources needed as well as tools for education and encouragement to train to conduct their jobs in a safe and efficient manner.”
Tracy went on to cite the association’s efforts to promote safety during the Broadcast TV repack. NATE produced a broadcast repack safety video to educate the tower workforce on the challenges associated with working on broadcast towers. Additionally, NATE partnered with the American National Standards Institute and the American Society of Safety Engineers to create the first comprehensive safety standard encompassing the entire tower construction, service and maintenance industry. Through the National Wireless Safety Alliance, NATE has established a comprehensive program to ensure ANSI accredited tower technician certification and credentialing as a means to enhance safety.
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) will be hosting a Fall Prevention Worker Training Course on Sept. 20, 2017 in Boca Raton, Florida.
NATE offers this training course free of charge and anticipates that the session will achieve the Association’s objectives of having a nation-wide impact and helping small businesses establish a culture of safety and quality. This Fall Prevention Worker Training Course 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.
Interested participants in the upcoming Boca Raton, Florida training opportunity are encouraged to access and complete the Fall Prevention Worker Training Course registration form below:
Fall Prevention Worker Training
September 20, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Hyatt Place Boca Raton-Downtown
100 E Palmetto Park Road
Boca Raton, Florida
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is now offering a Licensed Design Professional membership category. The NATE Licensed Design Professional membership category, effective immediately, is a membership category dedicated specifically to individuals who provide engineering and design services to the wireless and broadcast tower industry.
“The new Licensed Design Professional membership category will allow NATE to bridge the gap between the design community and construction community during a time of explosive growth in wireless infrastructure deployment activities across the globe,” stated NATE Board of Directors member Bryan Lee from Hellertown, Pennsylvania.
Dues for the new membership category are $500 annually and are available for individuals only. As part of the membership application process, the Licensed Design Professional is required to submit their Professional License stamp on the NATE Membership Application in the designated area of the form.
“The establishment of the individual Licensed Design Professional membership category will help create a prominent platform and voice from the design community directly to NATE at a time when industry standards continue to play a more significant role in enhancing safety and quality,” stated Member Services Committee Chairwoman Jordyn Miller from Gulfport, Mississippi. “Through the addition of this new membership category, NATE is once again demonstrating that our membership encompasses the entire wireless communications tower ecosystem,” added Miller.