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TOWERTIMES

Contents

Board of Directors

Pat Cipov

Chairwoman

Cipov Enterprises, Inc.

Sumter, South Carolina

pat@cipov.com

Jim Tracy

Vice Chairman

Legacy

Telecommunications, Inc.

Burley, Washington

jimt@legacytowers.com

Women’s Wireless

Leadership Forum (WWLF)

Through WWLF’s events, members share their

expertise, broaden their contacts, and advance

their career opportunities. WWLF celebrates the

experience of the many successful women in the

communications industry.

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Kari Carlson

Secretary/Treasurer

Tower Systems, Inc.

Watertown, South Dakota

Winter Park, Florida

kcarlson@towersystems.com

Jim Miller

Director

EasTex Tower, Inc.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

jim@ettower.com

Bryan Lee

Director

Lee Antenna

& Line Service, Inc.

Hellertown, Pennsylvania

blee@leeantenna.com

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NATE Board of Directors

Election Results

Meet the members of the

2015 NATE Board of Directors

Joel D. Hightower

Director

Hightower

Communications, Inc.

LaGrange, North Carolina

joel@hightowernc.com

John Paul Jones

Director

Tower & Turbine

Technologies LLC

Cedar Park, Texas

jpj@towerandturbine.com

Jimmy Miller

Director

MillerCo, Inc.

Gulfport, Mississippi

jlmiller@millercoinc.com

Don Train

Director

Train’s Towers, Inc.

Haddon Heights, New Jersey

don@trainstowers.com

Columns

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Chairwoman’s Corner

Pat Cipov

Executive Insights

Todd Schlekeway

Washington Watch

Jim Goldwater

Legal

Mark A. Lies, II & Kerry M. Mohan

Finance

Michael Cole

Committee Updates

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Trade Show

Jerry Bezner

Member Services

Brent Jarvis

OSHA Relations

John E. Matias

Safety & Education

Tom Bunk

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JANUARY


FEBRUARY 2015

OSHA Watch: New Reporting

Requirements Go into Effect

January 1

Employers will now be required to report

all work-related fatalities within 8 hours

and all in-patient hospitalizations,

amputations, and losses of an eye within

24 hours of finding out about the incident.

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PAN: Protecting

Guyed Tower Anchors

Against Corrosion

Guyed anchors require

special attention in order to

protect them against

corrosion on the underground

portion of the shaft.

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View from the Top

Being a tower technician is

exciting and rewarding work.

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NATE UNITE 2015

Lake Buena Vista, Florida is the place

to be February 23-26, 2015! It is not too late

to make your plans today to attend!

Highlights

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22

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60

Member Anniversary Recognition

NATE STAR Initiative Participants

Tailgate Safety Topic

NATE Member Training Companies

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What To Do in Case of An Accident

NATE Safety and Educational Materials

Advertiser Listing n Dates to Remember

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Chairwoman’s Corner

PAT CIPOV

I have enjoyed a blessed year and holiday season

with my immediate family and my company family.

There is no better time of the year to step back and

admire all that we have. I am thankful to have my son,

daughter-in-law, grandson and Sophie (my special pet)

as part of my life. I also am thankful to have such great

employees and customers. I cannot forget how blessed

I am to have such great NATE friends and extended

family. Thank you all for making my life happier. I wish

everyone a healthy and happy New Year.

With the beginning of a new year comes awareness of

unfinished tasks. Which comes first Is it the chicken

or the egg This is an age old question that can raise

a lengthy discussion. Similarly, the argumentative statements

“Safety comes first” or “Safety is job one”.

Scott Kisting, Vice President of MUTI-Sabre Industries

Telecom Services, brought this subject to the forefront

of discussion. He asserted that safety is not first and is

not the main or first ingredient. He further explained

that if employees had a thorough understanding of

the scope of work and how to perform it, they would

perform it safely.

All of the above leads me to share a recent conversation

that required quick thought and thorough

explanation. I was approached by a carrier’s representative

at our most recent Wireless Industry Safety Task

Force meeting. His question was something like this:

“This is a meeting of the “safety task force”. Why is

the discussion centered on different paths and types

of training” My immediate thought was that there is

still disconnect among the stakeholders. This was but

one more reminder that we all view the industry from

a different set of eyes and with different perspectives.

The connection between training, safety and quality

was not clear to all stakeholders.

My simplified response was that if I teach someone

how to perform a task correctly then safety is automatically

included. If I teach you how to perform the

task correctly and safety is included, then it stands to

reason the end result will include quality.

The second point was a bit more difficult to explain.

There is a lack of training available to our workers. The

training that does currently exist is all over the place.

There is no consistency. Unfortunately, there are also

bad players in the training profession.

The Task Force identified the lack of training and/or

lack of quality training as one of the largest areas of

concern. The shared belief is that training is clearly

essential to the process of improving knowledge

and proficiency. A well trained employee generally

makes fewer mistakes and therefore they have fewer

accidents than those with less experience or inferior

knowledge.

The Task Force views certification as a means of verifying

the knowledge and skills of an individual employee.

Validation shall be performed by an independent

entity. The certification must be a fair, valid and reliable

assessment of their knowledge and skill. Employees

that are well-trained perform at a higher level. Quality

of their performance is increased, as well as the level of

safety.

Over the past twenty years NATE

has made great improvements in

our segment of the industry.

Due to the hard work of many

and the actions of NATE, we have a

safer, more professional industry.

The work is not complete. For the first time in the

history of NATE, all of our industry stakeholders are

talking and working together.

NATE continues to support the Wireless Industry

Safety Task Force and the various independent training

endeavors. The Task Force subcommittees are continuing

their joint efforts. The Skills-Based Training

Subcommittee completed the basic competencies

of a foreman. They are now working on two additional

competencies for antenna and line foreman and

Pat Cipov is the Chairwoman of the National Association of Tower Erectors and President of Cipov Enterprises, Inc. in Sumter,

South Carolina. She can be reached at 803-499-5660 or pat@cipov.com.

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structural modification foreman.

The Manufacturing & Engineering

Solutions Subcommittee is

discussing what advancements

can be made to fall protection

equipment (“smart” fall protection

equipment) and tower structures

(focusing on common ground for

tie-off points, etc.).

The Governance Subcommittee

continues working on a proposal

to develop an official entity to

support, enhance and continue

the efforts of the Wireless

Industry Safety Task Force. The

task is to create a governance

entity for the National Wireless

Training Alliance. Anything and

everything must be considered

before a decision can be reached

and implemented. For example,

what type of entity would protect

it from undue liability The list of

questions goes on and on. Each

time we answer one question

another presents itself. This has

been a time-consuming effort that

is worth every devoted moment.

This article (as usual) is being

written in advance. It is my desire

to have greater details available

for your review at our NATE UNITE

2015 meeting. Please make your

plans to join us in Lake Buena

Vista, Florida to celebrate the first

twenty years of NATE accomplishments

and help in planning the

next twenty years.

Thank you all for allowing me the

opportunity to serve NATE. Please

stay safe and keep others safe.

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Executive Insights

TODD SCHLEKEWAY

Happy New Year! I trust all of you had a wonderful

time ushering in 2015 in style! The New Year’s holiday

is always a wonderful celebration of optimism for what

the future holds. Looking ahead, I anticipate that 2015

will be another positive year of growth and opportunities

for NATE member companies and the wireless

infrastructure industry as a whole.

Speaking of celebrations, it is hard to believe that

NATE UNITE 2015, the Association’s 20th Anniversary

Celebration, is right around the corner.

NATE UNITE 2015 will be held at

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

on February 23-26, 2015. NATE

welcomes and encourages all

wireless industry stakeholders

to make plans today to attend.

Interested participants can register to attend via

NATE’s website at www.natehome.com.

The NATE Board of Directors, Trade Show Committee

and Administrative Staff work extremely hard each year

to keep our premier event fresh and dynamic. This year

is no exception and we are excited to offer a great

slate of educational sessions and optional courses that

will provide great value and professional development

opportunities for all wireless industry stakeholders who

attend NATE UNITE 2015.

I am personally excited about several new educational

sessions that have been added to the NATE

UNITE 2015 schedule. Conference attendees will have

an opportunity to learn about high-profile industry

topics such as FirstNet (the nation’s first public safety

broadband network that is under development), hiring

ex-military members (led by Kelley Dunne from the

Warriors 4 Wireless organization), a “Big Data…Small

Cells” session (focused on small cell and DAS deployments)

and a session focused on Federal Aviation

©Disney

Administration (FAA) Compliance issues. A complete

NATE UNITE 2015 Schedule of Events can be found in

this edition of Tower Times for your reference.

NATE UNITE 2015 will also include a Tower Family

Foundation Auction & Game Night Reception. This

reception will allow conference attendees to network

in a casual and fun setting while having the opportunity

to contribute to the Foundation’s mission of taking

care of tower workers and their families in need. I anticipate

that this reception will be one of the highlights of

NATE UNITE 2015 and would encourage attendees to

support the Foundation by participating in the auction

and game night festivities.

Of course, NATE UNITE 2015 would not be possible

without the generosity of NATE’s many contributors,

sponsors and exhibitors. There is still time to sign up

as a NATE UNITE 2015 sponsor and/or exhibitor so

please contact NATE Event Coordinator Shari Wirkus

at 888-882-5865 (U.S.) or 605-882-5865 or shari@

natehome.com today, if your company is interested in

participating in this historic event!

See you in Florida! n

Join us February 23-26, 2015 at NATE’s 20th Annual

Conference & Exposition at Disney’s Coronado

Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Todd Schlekeway is the NATE Executive Director. He can be reached at 888-882-5865 (U.S.) or 605-882-5865 or

todd@natehome.com.

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NATE Announces Results of

2015 Board of Directors Election

Carlson, Miller and Tracy Re-Elected; Little Assumes Board Seat

NATE announces that candidates Kari Carlson, Chief

Operating Officer of Tower Systems, Inc. in Watertown,

South Dakota and Winter Park, Florida; Jim Miller,

President of EasTex Tower, Inc. in Colorado Springs,

Colorado; and Jim Tracy, Chief Executive Officer of

Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. in Burley, Washington

were re-elected and will retain their seats on the NATE

Board of Directors.

Candidate Ben Little, Chief Executive Officer of

Centerline Solutions, LLC in Golden, Colorado also

assumed a seat and will be serving as a new member

of the Board of Directors.

Kari Carlson

Chief Operating Officer

Tower Systems, Inc.

Watertown, South Dakota

Winter Park, Florida

Ben Little

Chief Executive Officer

Centerline Solutions, LLC

Golden, Colorado

The four candidates who emerged victorious in the

election will officially begin their two-year terms on

February 22, 2015 at the NATE UNITE 2015 Conference

in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

“I would like to congratulate the four candidates

who attained seats in the recently concluded Board

of Directors election,” said Executive Director Todd

Schlekeway.

“NATE’s Board of Directors

contribute countless hours of their

time to serve the Association

and we look forward to continuing

to work with the elected candidates

to accomplish NATE’s goals in

2015 and beyond.”

Jim Miller

President

EasTex Tower, Inc.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Jim Tracy

Chief Executive Officer

Legacy Telecommunications,Inc.

Burley, Washington

The 2015 election featured a slate of 10 candidates

from eligible voting member companies vying for

four open seats on the NATE Board of Directors.

The election marked the second consecutive year

the Association has had a double digit number of

candidates seeking seats on the Board of Directors.

“NATE would like to thank all of the individuals

who demonstrated the leadership and initiative to

run as candidates in this year’s election,” stated

Schlekeway. n

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The Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum (WWLF)

is a volunteer association for professional women

in the wireless communications industry. Through

WWLF’s events, members share their expertise,

broaden their contacts, and advance their career

opportunities. WWLF celebrates the experience of

the many successful women in the communications

industry.

WWLF is a division of PCIA -- the Wireless Infrastructure

Association is the principal trade association

representing the companies that make up the wireless

telecommunications infrastructure industry. Its

members include the carriers, infrastructure providers

and professional services firms that own and manage

more than 125,000 telecommunications facilities

throughout the world.

The involvement of women in the wireless communications

industry is crucial to WWLF’s success. Recognizing

that, the Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum:

• Creates a network of women committed to

supporting leadership, education and national

networking experiences.

• Identifies leadership and educational opportunities

for women by involving them with the growth

of our communities nationwide.

• Strengthens bonds and communication between

women and the community by sharing industry

knowledge and expertise.

• Commits to mentoring future generations in

order to establish a lasting legacy of leadership

through the Women’s Wireless Leadership

Forum.

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WWLF’s current membership count is approximately

725 members. While the majority of members are

women in the industry, men are also invited to join.

Men receive the same benefits as women, and are

showing support for the women colleagues in the

industry by joining. WWLF provides value to their

members by delivering a variety of membership

benefits, such as priority access to networking events

at industry trade shows including complimentary

admission to WWLF events at CTIA and PCIA shows,

complimentary admission to two WWLF regional

events, exclusive access to our secure Member

Directory to connect with other WWLF members,

and online access to educational career resources,

among many other exclusive benefits.

Joining is easy via the WWLF website. You can also

visit booth 103 in the NATE UNITE 2015 exhibit

hall Tuesday and Wednesday, February 24 and 25.

Visit www.wwlf.org for more information.

The largest growing sector of WWLF has been the

well-attended events held across the nation. The

WWLF events team is led by Executive Director of

Events, Amelia DeJesus. The team is divided into

three regions - Western, Central and East, and each

is led by a Regional Director. There are city representatives

in more than 20 of the country’s major cities,

who hold small local events for members.

Most of the interaction is through the regions’ Brown

Bag Lunch and Learn educational webinar sessions,

as well as golf lessons and tournaments and networking

events, many of which are free to members.

WWLF also holds larger networking events at PCIA,

CTIA and SWS trade shows. National events are

led by Kesha DeJesus, WWLF’s Director of National

Events.

About the rapid growth of WWLF, President Nicole

AndrePont says, “I am so proud to be a part of this

organization. Past Presidents, Patti Ringo and Deb

Bennett, built the foundation on which WWLF stands

today. I assembled a diverse, talented Board of

Directors, who work tirelessly as volunteers, because

they believe in the organization. I credit them for the

remarkable growth of our membership and the positive

reputation WWLF has in the industry. We have a

grand vision for WWLF. We are expanding our reach,

developing new programs, and aspire to be a robust

organization within the wireless industry.”

Education is another benefit delivered by WWLF

to its members. The educational programs cover

a broad number of topics relevant to the wireless

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Photos from WWLF’s event at the

2014 Wireless Infrastructure Show

Through WWLF’s events,

members share their

expertise, broaden their

contacts, and advance

their career opportunities.

WWLF celebrates the

experience of the many

successful women in the

communications industry.


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industry and are available via webinar with membership.

Under the leadership of Michelle Salisbury, the

education department is under constant development.

Expanding on the knowledge of the wireless

industry by bringing both technical and career development

information to the members strengthens not

only the careers of its members, but the industry as

a whole. Education plans for 2015 are underway and

WWLF expects to bring an even broader platform to

its members.

WWLF is funded by sponsors. These sponsors make

our mission possible.

We would like to extend a THANK YOU to our 2014

Sponsors! ■

WWLF implemented the WWLF Fellowship Program

in 2010 to meet its mission to mentor, empower, and

inspire women who have less than 5 years of experience

in the telecommunications industry. Each year,

one woman is awarded the Fellowship Award through

a selection committee led by Ann Brooks, Executive

Director of Programs. The recipient receives a oneyear

complimentary membership and is paired with

a mentor who has more than 10 years of experience

in the industry. WWLF sends both the recipient and

her mentor to the PCIA wireless infrastructure show to

see WWLF’s operations up close, and share valuable

face-to-face time with each other and members of

the Board. Nominations are currently open on the

WWLF website.

The 2014 Fellowship Award was presented to Tiffany

Bowman. Her mentor is Melanie Maina. WWLF thanks

them both for participating in the program.

We are looking for female wireless veterans with at

least 10 years of experience in the industry who would

be willing to dedicate time with a mentee to help her

grow within her career and the wireless industry. To

apply, please visit www.wwlf.org.

JOIN US!

WWLF is a proud

NATE UNITE 2015 Beacon Sponsor

Join us at the Tower Family Foundation

Auction & Game Night

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

in the Veracruz Ballroom from 6pm – 8pm.

Also, join us at our booth (103) in the

NATE UNITE Exhibit Hall Tuesday and

Wednesday, February 24-25, 2015.

We will have a membership booth at both

locations with the ability to register new

members and answer any questions.

www.wwlf.org

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The Women's Wireless Leadership Forum (WWLF) is a volunteer association for

professional women in the wireless communications industry. Through WWLF's events,

members share their expertise, broaden their contacts, and advance their career

opportunities. WWLF celebrates the experience of the many successful women in the

communications industry.

Mission

As the Women's Wireless Leadership Forum, our mission is to provide opportunities for networking, sharing best practices,

educational enhancement and career development for all women in the wireless industry. It is our hope and intent that

every WWLF member finds what they are looking for in this organization. Join the WWLF team and take an important step

toward improving your professional network and discovering new educational opportunities.

Member Benefits






Priority access to networking events at industry trade shows, such as free admission to WWLF events at CTIA and

PCIA.

Free admission to 2 WWLF regional events (of your choice) in each respective region.

Exclusive access to our secure member directory to connect with other WWLF members and supporters throughout

the industry.

Special online access to educational and career resources.

Special access to teleconferences, webinars and in-person events.

How to get Involved

Visit us at booth 103 in the NATE UNITE 2015 exhibit hall Tuesday and Wednesday, February 24 and 25.

Please visit www.wwlf.org for more information.


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Washington

Watch

JIM GOLDWATER

As you of course know, Election Day 2014 was an

enormous success for Republicans, who significantly

increased their majority in the House of Representatives,

regained control of the Senate, and expanded

their holds on governorships.

Unfortunately, voter turnout was abysmally low. Only

36.4 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the midterm

elections, marking the lowest voter turnout in 72

years.

Maine had the highest turnout, but that was only 59

percent. Indiana had the lowest, at a mere 28 percent.

In the 114th Congress that begins in January, Republicans

will have 244 House members vs. 184 for the

Democrats. That is a net gain of 12 for the GOP.

In the upper chamber, Republicans turned a 55-45 deficit

(which included two Independents who caucused

with the Democrats) into a 53-46 Republican majority,

with one runoff, in Louisiana, remaining.

Republicans will hold 31 of the 50 governorships next

year, a net gain of 3.

With voter approval of Congress at an all-time low,

but with the economy experiencing a comeback while

unemployment levels have come down, there are a

variety of explanations that the talking heads have

offered for the GOP’s enormous success. Unquestionably,

there was widespread dissatisfaction with President

Obama, and Republicans were very successful in

airing a range of issues that put Democrats in general,

and the administration in particular, on the defensive.

(The Affordable Care Act; Immigration; Executive

Branch overreaching; Climate change; The Keystone

XL pipeline; The poor efforts of the Senate Democratic

leadership, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

And there were other issues that, rightly or wrongly,

reflected poorly on the party that controls the White

House including ISIS, Ebola, and scandals within and

substandard protection by the Secret Service.

It has been my observation that through the years,

the Republican Party does a better job of exciting its

base and its voters, and generally does a better job of

framing the issues, forcing the Democrats to react rather

than pro-act.

Having said that, I was disturbed that local TV and

radio ads in the Washington area featured few positive

messages; rather, the ads were marked by continually

and nastily knocking the other guy while putting forth

comparatively little as to why voters should vote for the

person who paid for the ad.

Negative campaigning is now the overwhelming rule

rather than the exception. Anyone who tries to run

a wholly positive campaign, while eschewing digs at

his or her opponent does so at his or her own peril

because negativity sells. You may recall that I have

often said that people do not remember the 10,000

planes that land safely; they remember – and the news

by definition features – the one plane that skids off the

runway. Thus, if Candidate A campaigns negatively, but

Candidate B campaigns positively AND does not respond

to or refute what Candidate A says, Candidate

B will likely lose. This latter point – letting accusations

go unchallenged – conveys, to many voters, a sign of

weakness, or that there must be something to hide.

For example, another thing I have said is that if someone

is publicly accused of something, like kicking a

dog, it may very well not matter if it is true; in the court

of public opinion, and with news 24/7 that person is

presumed to be guilty. It may not be fair, or right, but it

so often turns out to be true.

The 114th Congress, which, as history has shown,

could take several months to organize, will face a variety

of important national issues. These include tax and

Jim Goldwater is the Senior Vice President at Bob Lawrence & Associates, Inc. For further information, he can be reached at

703-836-6196; Fax: 703-836-6086; Email: jimauh2o@aol.com.

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immigration policy, the Keystone Pipeline, natural gas

exports, and infrastructure financing. In addition, the

Republican majorities will undoubtedly renew efforts

to roll back Obamacare as well as a number of environmental

regulations put forth by the Environmental

Protection Agency. It is certainly unclear how or when

these matters will be considered, but it is altogether

likely that legislative gridlock and partisan sniping will

continue. Moreover, the Democratic minority will likely

do whatever it can to block the Obamacare and EPA

attacks in the Senate, where floor rules permit filibustering,

and 60 votes are needed to cut off debate on

most legislation (a strategy which the GOP masterfully

undertook during this 113th Congress).

Even if Congress does manage to pass such legislation,

the President will assuredly veto them. Congress

would then have the opportunity to override the

presidential veto. That, however, is a daunting task. To

pass a bill over the President’s objections requires a

two-thirds vote in each Chamber. Historically, Congress

has overridden fewer than ten percent of all presidential

vetoes.

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Washington Watch

There are some areas where

bipartisanship could emerge, and

by so doing, might encourage more

bipartisanship (especially when

Members remember that, in

addition to being held in low regard

around the country, they have been

all too often accused of being more

interested in keeping their jobs

than doing their jobs).

These issues include, but are not limited to, tax reform

(why it must be done is broadly supported, but how

will be accomplished is certainly uncertain); energy

efficiency; infrastructure (while there is widespread

agreement that our nation’s infrastructure – not just

transportation, but communications as well – needs to

be enhanced, how to fund those improvements will be

loudly debated).

On the administrative side (beyond EPA regulatory

matters such as climate change and control of greenhouse

gas emissions from power plants), an issue that

has gotten a fair amount of attention recently is net

neutrality.

In mid-November, President Obama called for the

government to aggressively regulate Internet service

providers such as Verizon and Comcast, treating

broadband like a public utility as essential as water,

phone service, and electricity.

Such a move would have a dramatic effect on cable

and telecom firms that have fought vigorously to keep

their highly profitable Internet businesses free of regulation.

It was Obama’s most forceful statement yet in favor of

a free and open Internet and against allowing Internet

service providers to charge content companies such

as Netflix for faster access to their customers. The

president called on the FCC, which as an independent

agency doesn’t have to follow his directions, to adopt

the strictest rules possible for ensuring net neutrality.

The following day, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told a

group of business executives that he was moving in a

different direction.

During a meeting with major web companies, including

Google, Yahoo, and Etsy, Wheeler said he preferred

a more nuanced solution. His approach would

deliver some of what Obama wants but also would

address the concerns of the companies that provide

Internet access.

Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the cable and telecommunications

industry, has floated proposals that aim

to limit the ability of service providers to charge web

companies to reach their customers. But critics have

argued that his approach would give the providers too

much leeway to favor some services over others.

Meanwhile, Obama’s call to regulate the Internet as a

public utility attracted its own criticism. For example,

some said that putting the FCC in charge of regulating

broadband rates and micromanaging web services

would slow innovation and raise costs, thereby adversely

affecting the national economy and marking a

retreat from market-based, pro-competition policies.

The bottom line, of course, is how to best ensure an

open Internet. I expect Congress to weigh on this

matter as well.

When I provided an update on this issue to the NATE

Board of Directors and the Legislative & Regulatory

Committee, Jim Miller sent me a short response: “Our

government continues to attempt controlling the web

... ever since that man from Tennessee invented it, Al

Gore.”

Let me provide a little historical perspective.

In 1999, during a CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer, Vice

President Gore said, “During my service in the United

States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

Taken out of context, it certainly does appear

that he took credit for inventing something that he

really did not; however, it may just have been awkward

phrasing that coupled with the rest of his statement

(mostly focused on economic growth) actually did

make some sense, since his broader statement referenced

what he had done in Congress.

The internet was the commercialization of work done

at the Department of Defense, and Gore’s efforts had

some impact. He was the prime sponsor of the 1991

High-Performance Computing and Communications

Act, generally known as the Gore bill, which allocated

$600 million for high-performance computing. Gore,

who waged a two-year battle to get the bill passed,

popularized the term “the Information Superhighway.”

As far back as the 1970s, Gore, then a congressman

from Tennessee, promoted the idea of high-speed

telecommunications as an engine for both economic

growth and the improvement of our educational

system. In addition, he sponsored hearings on how advanced

technologies might be put to use in areas like

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coordinating the response of government agencies to

natural disasters and other crises.

But, certainly, a case can be made that Gore did claim

to have invented the internet. And that is certainly the

popular (or, perhaps, unpopular) view.

At this point, I must provide a little additional historical

perspective, since I helped to enhance advanced communications

capabilities in a previous job.

When I worked for the State of New York, I worked for

several years to try to convince a federal agency to approve

a regulation (sound familiar – like our campaign

on riding the line) dealing with telecommunications.

In the 1980s, we wanted the U.S. Department of Transportation

to allow the installation of fiber optic cables

along the Interstate highway rights-of-way to promote

the faster transmission of information. However, top

DOT officials responded that federal statutes prohibited

the use of those rights-of-ways, principally because

the Interstate Highway System was created during the

Eisenhower administration not simply for transportation,

but also for national defense. They asserted that

federal regulations specifically prohibited anything

from potentially compromising the system.

We countered that once upon a time, it might have

made sense to prohibit such things as oil and gas

pipelines along the rights-of-way, since any break

could have compromised the use of the Interstate.

However, we countered, we were no longer talking

about large, potentially hazardous oil or gas pipelines;

we were now speaking of small, unintrusive, durable

cables.

After several years of discussion, including overtures

from Members of Congress as well as from potential

beneficiaries of the enhanced communications systems,

USDOT finally revised its regulations to allow the

installation of fiber optic cables along the New York

State Thruway.

However, neither I nor any other New York State official

ever publicly claimed that we “took the initiative in

creating the Internet.” Besides, I was not then nor am I

now running for public office. n

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Member Anniversary Recognition

NATE values and appreciates the role that our

members play in the industry. This Member

Anniversary Recognition feature appears in each

edition of Tower Times in order to honor the

companies who have been members of NATE for

15+ years.

The following companies first became members 15+

years ago during the months of January and February.

Happy Anniversary and thank you for your loyalty and

dedication to the Association!

Adams Tower Services, Inc.

Advanced Tower Services, Inc.

American Tower Corporation

AT&T Radio West

Brook Hill Communications, Inc.

Cipov Enterprises, Inc.

Clifton’s Tower Service, Inc.

CommScope

Custom Riggers LTD. (1988)

Deerfield Construction Group, Inc.

Dietz Brothers, Inc.

Doty Moore Tower Services LLC

Dynamic Construction, Inc.

EasTex Tower, Inc.

Emergency Radio Service, Inc.

ERI Installations, Inc.

Granger Telecom Corp.

Great Plains Towers

Green Mountain Communications, Inc.

Hayden Tower Service, Inc.

Hy-Lander Tower Systems, Inc.

Industrial Communications, LLC

Installation Services, Inc.

Light’s Tower Construction Co Inc.

Lowe-North Construction, Inc.

Midwest Antenna Systems Inc.

Midwest Tower Erection, Inc.

MIKAB Corporation

N.E. Colorado Cellular, Inc.

P & D Antenna Service, Inc.

Primus Electronics

R & R Communications, Inc.

Range Telecommunications

SBA Communications Corporation

Shenandoah Tower Service, Ltd.

Sioux Falls Tower & Communications

Sky Jack Communications

Skyhook, Inc.

Steimel Communications, Inc.

Swager Communications, Inc.

Teltronic Towers, Inc.

thermOweld®

Tower & Communication Services, Inc.

Tower Service & Manufacturing Co.

Tower Services, Inc.

Tower Systems, Inc.

Train’s Towers, Inc.

TUF-TUG Products, Deuer Developments

TWR Lighting, Inc.

Union Pacific Railroad

Wagstaff Construction Services, Inc.

WAVE Communications

Western Towers

WesTower Communications

n

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View from

the Top

Name – Bill Shields

Hometown – San Diego, California

Age – 59

ODIN // SAFETY GLASSES

How long have you worked in the tower industry

23 years

What is your favorite part of the job

My favorite part of the job is sharing information, training and working in

the field while learning something new every day.

Why did you choose a career in this industry

I chose this career because of the unlimited growth.

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What type of work do you perform

The work I perform includes ground support, waveguide installation, and

training.

When was your last training opportunity

My last training opportunity was a climbing and rescue class in 2013.

What is the most rewarding part of your job

The most rewarding part of my job is teaching and training new crew

members.

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What challenges do you face

One of the biggest challenges is finding good qualified people and losing

good people to competitors.

Do you have a safety tip to share

Include all employees on the site to join in the job safety analysis.

100% tied off, 100% of the time.

What would you like people to know about being a tower

technician

Being a tower technician is exciting and rewarding work. n

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JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015 TOWER TIMES 19


Trade Show Committee

JERRY BEZNER

Top 5 Reasons to Attend

NATE UNITE in 2015

1. Educational Sessions

“The more you sweat

in training, the less you

bleed in combat.” -

Navy Seal Mantra

This Navy Seal mantra is

just as applicable to the

tower industry. Education

is ESSENTIAL. It keeps

you safe. It is inside your

head when you are working

every day.

The educational sessions at NATE UNITE are excellent,

convenient and inexpensive. Enough said. Register

now.

2. Keynote Speaker

Sarah Palin will be the Keynote

Speaker at the Luncheon on

Wednesday, February 25. She

will be an exciting addition to

the NATE UNITE agenda in 2015

addressing today’s issues and

the impact on our future.

Chairman

Aaron M Pitts

P & D Antenna Service, Inc.

Board Oversight and Subcommittee Member

Joel Hightower

Hightower Communications, Inc.

Committee Members

Amanda Stegall

MillerCo, Inc.

Joy Reski

Great Plains Towers, Inc.

Scott A. Krouse

Valmont Site Pro 1

Cindi Train

Train’s Towers, Inc.

Kevin Schmidt

Sioux Falls Tower & Communications

Jerry Bezner

Alliance Corporation

Beau Aero

GME Supply Co

Curt Tuttle

FIMO USA

Subcommittee Members

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the country that experiences

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snowy winter, you will be

absolutely desperate for

a break by the time February

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Brittany Lawler

Atlantic Tower Services,

Inc. (ATS)

Marilyn Reeves

INTERNATIONAL TOWER

LIGHTING, LLC (ITL, LLC)

Jennifer Cooke

Sabre Industries, Inc.

Jeff Regan

ERICO

Kellie Hoffmeister

ENSA North America

Willie Goldman

Midwest Unlimited LLC

Amanda Hernandez

Hutton

Communications, Inc.

Jerry Bezner is a member of the Trade Show Committee and is the Director of Tower & Accessory Sales for Alliance

Corporation in Ontario Canada. He can be reached at 905-817-9269 or jbezner@alliancecorporation.ca.

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4. Networking

Attending NATE

UNITE is not just about

making new contacts, it

is about reconnecting

with old colleagues,

business partners

and usually it is just a

whole lot of fun. Do

not forget to go to the

Welcome Reception on

Monday evening, the Tower Family Foundation Auction

& Game Night on Tuesday evening and the Taste of

Florida Reception on Wednesday.

5. Exhibit Hall

Our trade show vendors and sponsors subsidize the

cost of running the event and the training -- please

support them by walking the exhibit hall. It is an excellent

opportunity to see the latest gear and to put a

face to the name of those you are buying from.

“The NATE UNITE 2015 event

is not just about education

and reconnecting; it is a

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JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015 TOWER TIMES 21


Congratulations to the following NATE member

companies who were accepted into the NATE STAR

Initiative for the 2014 – 2015 program year!

H

3G Tower Service, LLC

ADB Wireless

Advanced Tower Solutions, LLC

Advanced Wireless Solutions, Inc.

Alpine Tower & Technology

Amatel, Inc.

AMF Electrical Contractors, Inc.

Atlantic CommTech Corporation

Atlantic Construction Companies

HNATE

Atlantic Tower Services, Inc. (ATS)

B-C Walker, Inc.

Betacom, Inc.

Black & Veatch

STAR

Blue Horizon Concepts, Inc.

BlueStream Professional Services

Bodell Telecom

Initiative

Branch Communications, LLC

Bright Lighting, Inc.

BTE Management Group, LLC

Centerline Solutions, LLC

Central USA Wireless

Cipov Enterprises, Inc.

2014-2015

Clifton’s Tower Service, Inc.

Com Plus Inc.

COM-TECH Construction

D & H Builders, Inc.

The NATE STAR Initiative is currently entering

Deerfield Construction Group, Inc.

DESIGN Telecommunications

its fourth year and is the Association’s signature

Dietz Brothers, Inc.

program designed to help companies operate

Diversified Communications Services

safely and recognize tower contractors, owners

Doty Moore Tower Services LLC

and carriers who voluntarily adhere to higher

E.M. Enterprises General Contractors, Inc.

safety standards. The NATE STAR Initiative emphasizes

Safety, Training, Accountability and Reliability by

East Coast Communications

Eastern Communications, Inc.

EasTex Tower, Inc.

requiring participants to commit to requisite levels of Electric Conduit Construction Company

training, site safety audits and the implementation of Elexco, Inc.

safety programs while adhering to industry best practices.

STAR Initiative participants also receive discounts Enertech Resources, LLC

Emergency Radio Service, Inc.

ERI Installations, Inc.

on designated training courses offered on the NATE

Excalibur Builders and Maintenance, Inc.

EXCHANGE, a dynamic website platform connecting FDH, Inc.

companies to the most up-to-date training courses

Front Range Wireless, Inc.

offered in the tower industry.

GlenMartin ®

Grapevine Solutions, Inc.

Additionally, the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force, GrayWolves Telecom, LLC

consisting of 25 prominent companies representing

Great Plains Towers

Green Mountain Communications, Inc.

the wireless carriers, tower owners, OEM’s and turnkey/ Hayden Tower Service, Inc.

construction management firms continues to emphasize

the importance of hiring STAR Initiative members Herca Telecomm Services, Inc.

Heartland Solutions Corp.

due to the leadership and strong safety track record

Hightower Communications, Inc.

displayed by participating STAR companies.

Independent Network Services, LLC

If you have any questions, please contact Shelly Trego, NATE Operations Manager at shelly@natehome.com or 605-882-5865

or 888-882-5865 (U.S.).

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Industrial Communications, LLC

Integrated Installations, Inc.

JBL Electric Inc.

JT Tower Service

Keegan Wireless, LLC

Launch 3 Telecom

Legacy Telecommunications, Inc.

Long Wave Inc.

Lowe-North Construction, Inc.

MasTec Network Solutions, LLC

Mercury Communication & Construction INC.

Meridian Blue Construction, LLC

Mid Atlantic Contracting, Inc.

Midland Communications Inc.

Mill City Communications, Inc.

MILLENNIA CONTRACTING, INC.

MillerCo, Inc.

Mountain Valley Tower Service, Inc.

Murphy Tower Services, LLC

MUTI - Sabre Industries Telecom Services

NDC Communications, LLC

Newkirk Electric Associates Inc

Nex-Tech Wireless

Nex-Tech, Inc. - Mobile Radio Div.

Nokia

North Sky Communications, Inc.

Northeast Towers, Inc.

Northern Pride Communications, Inc.

Omega Development Company

OSO Met Tower Services

Penn-Tech International, Inc.

Pexx, Inc.

Phoenix Tower Service, LLC

Pilgrim Communications, Inc.

Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

R & M Electrical Telecom/Maint., Inc.

Radiofrequency Safety International (RSI)

Ray Angelini, Inc.

RIO Steel & Tower, Ltd.

SAC Wireless LLC

SAI Communications

Sentenia Systems

Shenandoah Tower Service, Ltd.

SiteMaster, Inc.

Sky Climber Tower Solutions

Sky Jack Communications

Southern Tier Towers, LLC

Southern Tower Telecom

SpanAll Communications, Inc.

Speelman Electric, Inc.

Stewart Electric & Communications

STG Communication Services

Structural Tower Services, Inc.

Synergy Concepts, Inc.

Telcom Construction Wireless Division

Teltronic Towers, Inc.

Tiller Engineering Inc.

Tilson

Timberline Construction Corporation

Total Service Telecom, Inc.

Total Telco Specialists, Inc.

Tower & Turbine Technologies LLC

Tower 16, Inc.

Tower Inspection, Inc.

Tower Safety & Instruction

Tower Systems, Inc.

Tower Technologies LLC

TowerMRL, Inc.

Towers Unlimited

Train’s Towers, Inc.

Tri State Tower, Inc.

Trusty Construction, LLC

United States Tower Services, LTD

US Tower Services, Inc.

Velocitel, Inc.

Vertical Limit Construction, LLC

Wagstaff Construction Services, Inc.

WesTower Communications

WiCOM Services

Wigdahl Electric Company

Wireless Construction, Inc.

Wireless Horizon

Wireless Infrastructure Services

Wireless WorkForce

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JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015 TOWER TIMES 23


Tailgate Safety Topic

Cold Medication and Drowsiness

Cold and flu season is here again. Now is a good

time for our annual warning about using over-thecounter

cold and flu medications during work hours.

Sometimes, cold remedies and work are not a good

mix.

The most common side effect of over-the counter

cold and flu medicine is drowsiness, which lowers

one’s alertness and reaction time. Ten to twenty-five

percent of people taking these medications report

daytime drowsiness. This can be more than just an

annoyance. Approximately 200,000 vehicle accidents

are attributed to sleepiness every year.

Fatigue is a factor in nearly

one-third of truck accidents where

the driver is killed. Taking

medications, then going to work

and using machinery or sharp

tools can be dangerous.

So, when you are ill, what should you do

In many cases, your employer may not want you to

show up for work when you have a bad cold or the

flu. Not only does your risk of injury increase if medication

causes you to be drowsy, but your productivity

is likely to be poor as well. In addition, you may pass

a virus to co-workers so that they too become ill.

Finally, your own recovery may be delayed if you

are not getting enough rest to fight the ailment.

But, sometimes you must go to work and you need

to take medications. If this is the case, remember

the following:

Let your supervisor know.

It may be possible to change your work assignments

or temporarily arrange for less hazardous work. You

probably shouldn’t do tasks that require the use of a

respirator, or that are highly demanding, physically.

Another reason for speaking to your supervisor is

to acknowledge that your performance may not be

quite up to par

for a few days.

Also, should

you be injured,

your supervisor

and emergency

responders will

need to know

what medications

you are

taking if you are

unable to recall.

Follow the recommended dosages.

Exceeding the recommended dose will not help you

get well faster or feel any better. In fact, what usually

happens is that side effects, such as drowsiness,

become more pronounced.

Do not mix medications.

Remember, these pills, capsules, or tonics are chemicals.

They may be incompatible when mixed, causing

more harm than good. A mixture of medicines, or

medicine mixed with alcohol, may intensify a side

effect or even be dangerous.

Read the label.

This is where

you will find

the information

you need about

dosage and

side effects. If

you can’t read

or do not fully

understand the

label, ask or

phone your

pharmacist.

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Watch

New Reporting Requirements Go

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Tailgate Safety Topic

Don’t try new remedies during work hours.

If you feel like experimenting with something new

or different, do it over the weekend. Everyone reacts

differently to cold and flu medication. Find one that

works best and gives you the least troublesome side

effects, and stay with it.

Wash your hands often.

We give this advice to kids, but everyone should

remember it during cold and flu season. More cold

viruses are transmitted from hand to hand, from

doorknob to hand, from hand to mouth…than in

any other way. The best cold and flu solution is

prevention! n

To learn more, visit: www.toolboxtopics.com

Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to

what covered employers are required to report to

the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Employers will now be required to report all workrelated

fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient

hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye

within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.

Previously, employers were required to report all

workplace fatalities, and when three or more workers

were hospitalized in the same incident.

The updated reporting requirements are not simply

paperwork but have a life-saving purpose: they will

enable employers and workers to prevent future

injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious

workplace hazards.

Employers have three options for reporting these

severe incidents to OSHA. They can call their nearest

area office during normal business hours, call the 24-

hour OSHA hotline at 800-321-OSHA (800-321-6742),

or they can report online at www.osha.gov/report_

online. For more information and resources, including

a new YouTube video, visit OSHA’s Web page on the

updated reporting requirements at www.osha.gov/

recordkeeping2014/index.html.

Starting January 1, 2015:

All employers* must report:

■■

All work-related fatalities within 8 hours

Within 24 hours, all work-related:

■■

Inpatient hospitalizations

■■

Amputations

■■

Losses of an eye

How to Report Incident

■■

Call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742)

■■

■■

Call your nearest OSHA area office, during

normal business hours (www.osha.gov/

html/RAmap.html)

Visit http://www.osha.gov/report_online

*Employers under Federal OSHA’s jurisdiction must

begin reporting by January 1. Establishments in a state

with a state run OSHA program should contact their

state plan for the implementation date. n

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Office of

America (IOA)

532

533

Dialight

Corporation

633 732

733

832

831

20th ANNIVERSARY WALL

129

127

Ehresmann

Engineering

Inc.

123

Thomas

and Betts

121

Tech Safety

Lines, Inc.

228

Dillon/

Quality Plus

226

Custom

Tool

Supply

220

Advanced

Tower

Components

223

327

AWARD

STAGE

Drake

Multiwave Lighting,

Sensors Inc. Inc.

429

528

UNIMAR, CLC

INC. Lodging

427 526

Hutton

Communications,

Inc.

421

U.S. Rigging

Supply/Pelican

Rope Works

522

Rosenberger

Site Solutions,

LLC

520

527

Lyncole Tucker

XIT® Sno-Cat

Grounding Corporation

523

thermOweld®

521 620

622 623

Times

Microwave

Systems

CITCA

LLC

Primus 728

Electronics

Sunsight

Instruments

627 726

Ajax TUF-TUG

Engineered

Products,

Deuer

Fasteners Developments

722

Honeywell

Safety

Products

USA

727

828

Gravitec

Systems

Inc.

826

LOUNGE

829

EUPEN

827

First Aid

Station

823

Velex

114

Deviser

Instruments

112

JDSU

LBA Group,

Inc.

117 216

Kaelus AMERISAFE

115 214

Ergodyne

108 109 208

Capital

Safety

TWR

Lighting,

Inc.

215 314

LOUNGE

315

Talley,

Inc.

309

Antenna

Products

Corporation

410

Preformed

Line

Products

408

Hubbell

Power

Systems

Radiofrequency

Safety

International

(RSI)/MVG

415 514

INTERNATIONAL

TOWER Sabre

LIGHTING, LLC Industries,

(ITL, LLC) Inc.

409 508

Graybar

Electric

Company,

Inc.

515 614 615 714

715 814

Pigeon

Mountain

Industries,

Inc.

509

Valmont

Site Pro 1

Petzl

America

Narda

Safety 3Z

Test Telecom,

Solutions Inc.

Harger

Lightning

&

Grounding

FIMO

USA

608 609 708

Flash Allfasteners

Technology USA

Klein Tools, Corporate

Inc. College

711 810

Rope and Radio

Frequency

Rescue Systems

709 808

Midwest

Unlimited

LLC

817

813

Novel

Solutions/

Zinga USA

811

106

104

100

Power

Penn-Tech

International,

& Tel Inc.

105 204

WWLF

103 202

J.H.

Botts LLC

101

AnchorGuard

LLC

SKYLOTEC

North

America, LP

200

Genuine

Cable

Group

205

ERICO,

H & H Inc.

Industries

Inc.

203 302

Buckingham

Advanced

Mfg. Co., Inc.

Test Equipment

Rentals

305 404

ETA

Lattice

International Communications

303 402

Tractel

ROHN Slatercom-

COMTRAIN Ltd.

Products, LLC WCD

201 300 301 400

fieldSENSE

FallTech USA

405 504

Anritsu

Company

401

Elk

River,

Inc.

500

GME Supply Co.

503

Connect-It

Wireless, Inc.

704

SAF

North

America

LLC

Sterling

Keysight Rope Co.,

Technologies Inc.

705 804

TES Inc. FieldAware

601 700

701 800

Alliance

Corporation

801

LAST REVISED 12/17/14 • SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ENTRANCE

Join Us for NATE’s 20th Anniversary Celebration!

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EXHIBITORS

3Z Telecom, Inc.............................................................................................................. 714

Advanced Test Equipment Rentals........................................................................... 404

Advanced Tower Components.................................................................................. 223

Ajax Engineered Fasteners.......................................................................................... 623

Allfasteners USA............................................................................................................. 814

Alliance Corporation..................................................................................................... 801

AMERISAFE ....................................................................................................................... 214

AnchorGuard LLC........................................................................................................... 202

Anritsu Company........................................................................................................... 401

Antenna Products Corporation................................................................................. 410

Buckingham Mfg. Co., Inc............................................................................................ 305

Capital Safety.................................................................................................................. 215

CITCA LLC......................................................................................................................... 728

CLC Lodging.................................................................................................................... 526

COMTRAIN........................................................................................................................ 201

Connect-It Wireless, Inc................................................................................................ 704

Corporate College.......................................................................................................... 810

Custom Tool Supply..................................................................................................... 220

Deviser Instruments...................................................................................................... 112

Dialight Corporation..................................................................................................... 633

Dillon/Quality Plus........................................................................................................ 226

Drake Lighting, Inc......................................................................................................... 528

Eastpointe Industries, Inc............................................................................................ 433

Ehresmann Engineering Inc. ..................................................................................... 123

Elk River, Inc..................................................................................................................... 500

Ergodyne.......................................................................................................................... 208

ERICO, Inc......................................................................................................................... 302

ETA International........................................................................................................... 303

EUPEN............................................................................................................................... 827

FallTech............................................................................................................................ 405

FieldAware....................................................................................................................... 800

fieldSENSE USA.............................................................................................................. 504

FIMO USA.......................................................................................................................... 708

Flash Technology........................................................................................................... 715

Genuine Cable Group .................................................................................................. 205

GME Supply Co............................................................................................................... 503

Gravitec Systems Inc..................................................................................................... 826

Graybar Electric Company, Inc................................................................................... 515

H & H Industries Inc....................................................................................................... 203

Harger Lightning & Grounding................................................................................... 609

Honeywell Safety Products USA ............................................................................... 727

Hubbell Power Systems............................................................................................... 415

Hutton Communications, Inc..................................................................................... 421

Insurance Office of America (IOA).............................................................................. 532

INTERNATIONAL TOWER LIGHTING, LLC (ITL, LLC)............................................... 409

JDSU.................................................................................................................................. 117

J.H. Botts LLC.................................................................................................................. 101

Kaelus............................................................................................................................... 115

Keysight Technologies................................................................................................. 705

Klein Tools, Inc................................................................................................................ 711

Lattice Communications............................................................................................. 402

LBA Group, Inc. ............................................................................................................... 216

Lyncole XIT® Grounding............................................................................................... 523

Midwest Unlimited LLC................................................................................................ 817

Multiwave Sensors Inc.................................................................................................. 429

Narda Safety Test Solutions........................................................................................ 615

Novel Solutions/Zinga USA......................................................................................... 811

Penn-Tech International, Inc...................................................................................... 204

Petzl America.................................................................................................................. 608

Pigeon Mountain Industries, Inc................................................................................ 509

Power & Tel...................................................................................................................... 105

Preformed Line Products............................................................................................ 408

Primus Electronics......................................................................................................... 627

Radio Frequency Systems........................................................................................... 808

Radiofrequency Safety International (RSI)/MVG................................................... 514

ROHN Products, LLC..................................................................................................... 301

Rope and Rescue........................................................................................................... 709

Rosenberger Site Solutions, LLC............................................................................... 520

Sabre Industries, Inc..................................................................................................... 508

SAF North America LLC................................................................................................ 700

SKYLOTEC North America, LP..................................................................................... 200

Slatercom-WCD.............................................................................................................. 400

Sterling Rope Co., Inc.................................................................................................... 804

Sunsight Instruments................................................................................................... 726

Talley, Inc. ........................................................................................................................ 309

Tech Safety Lines, Inc.................................................................................................... 228

TES Inc. ............................................................................................................................ 701

thermOweld®.................................................................................................................. 521

Thomas and Betts......................................................................................................... 121

Times Microwave Systems.......................................................................................... 620

Tractel Ltd........................................................................................................................ 300

Tucker Sno-Cat Corporation...................................................................................... 622

TUF-TUG Products, Deuer Developments.............................................................. 722

TWR Lighting, Inc........................................................................................................... 314

U.S. Rigging Supply/Pelican Rope Works................................................................ 522

UNIMAR, INC................................................................................................................... 427

Valmont Site Pro 1......................................................................................................... 614

Valmont Structures....................................................................................................... 432

Velex.................................................................................................................................. 114

WWLF................................................................................................................................ 103

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20th Anniversary Celebration

Schedule of Events

(Subject to Change)

All functions are open to all attendees unless otherwise noted.

n Administrative Track n Leadership Track n

Sunday, February 22

Technical Track

START END FUNCTION LOCATION

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Tower Family Foundation Meeting Cancun

11:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting (Board Members Only) Cancun

8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. A10.48 Committee (Committee Members Only) Monterrey 1

Monday, February 23

START END FUNCTION LOCATION

7:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Registration South Reg. Counter

7:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Information Booth/Cyber Café Sierra 1

7:30 a.m. 11:30 p.m. OSHA Relations Committee (Committee Members Only) Fiesta 1

7:30 a.m. 11:30 p.m. Safety & Education Committee (Committee Members Only) Fiesta 2

7:30 a.m. 11:30 p.m. Trade Show Committee (Committee Members Only) Fiesta 3

7:30 a.m. 11:30 p.m. Member Services Committee (Committee Members Only) Fiesta 4

12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. NATE Committee Updates and Member Brainstorming Discussion and Luncheon (NATE Members Only) Fiesta 6

2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Educational Session 1 - Safety and Risk Management - How to Become "Best In Class" Fiesta 5

1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Educational Session 2, Day 1 - OSHA 10-Hour Training Course (Registered Course Participants Only) Monterrey 1-3

3:45 p.m. 4:45 p.m. Educational Session 3 - Navigating Through the Contract Maze Fiesta 5

5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Educational Session 4 - Help Wanted: How to Recruit, Screen Applicants and Multi-Generational Differences Fiesta 5

6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception Coronado K

Tuesday, February 24

START END FUNCTION LOCATION

7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Registration South Reg. Counter

7:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Information Booth/Cyber Café Sierra 1

7:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Exhibitor Move-in (NATE UNITE 2015 Exhibitors Only) Veracruz Exhibit Hall B & C

8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Voting Member Business Session (NATE Voting Members Only) Fiesta 5

7:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Educational Session 2, Day 2 - OSHA 10-Hour Training Course (Registered Course Participants Only) Monterrey 1-3

9:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Educational Session 5 - 1019A Contractors Overview Orientation Fiesta 6

9:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Educational Session 6 - How to Develop an Effective Safety Program Fiesta 5

10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Educational Session 7 - FirstNet: Building, Operating and Maintaining the Nation’s First Public Safety Wireless Broadband Network Fiesta 5

11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Founding Member Luncheon Veracruz A

1:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Educational Session 8 - Structural Reinforcement Fiesta 6

1:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Educational Session 9 - Employment Resources - Hiring Ex-Military Fiesta 5

3:00 p.m. Exposition Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Veracruz Exhibit Hall Foyer

3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Exposition Open Veracruz Exhibit Hall B & C

6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Tower Family Foundation Auction & Game Night Veracruz A

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Wednesday, February 25

START END FUNCTION LOCATION

7:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Registration South Reg. Counter

7:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Information Booth/Cyber Café Sierra 1

8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Educational Session 10 - Big Data...Small Cells Monterrey 1-3

8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Educational Session 11 - PPE/Rigging Inspection & Compatibility 101 Fiesta 5

9:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Educational Session 12 - Offering the Best Benefits for Your Employees Fiesta 5

9:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m. Educational Session 13 - FAA Compliance Issues Fiesta 6

10:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Educational Session 14 - OSHA and Employment Law Liability - Are You Ready Fiesta 5

10:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Educational Session 15 - Safety Panel Discussion - Initiating Change in Your Safety Plan Fiesta 6

12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. NATE Keynote Luncheon Featuring Sarah Palin Veracruz A

2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Exposition Open (Prize Drawings Hourly) Veracruz Exhibit Hall B & C

3:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Educational Session 16 - Raising the Bar - NATE STAR Initiative - Q & A Exhibit Hall Awards Stage

5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Taste of Florida Reception Veracruz Exhibit Hall B & C

6:30 p.m. Sponsor Award Recognition Veracruz Exhibit Hall B & C

6:45 p.m. Grand Prize Drawing Veracruz Exhibit Hall B & C

7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. Exhibit Dismantle and Move-out (NATE UNITE 2015 Exhibitors Only) Veracruz Exhibit Hall B & C

Thursday, February 26

START END FUNCTION LOCATION

7:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Exhibit Dismantle and Move-out (NATE UNITE 2015 Exhibitors Only) Veracruz Exhibit Hall B & C

7:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Educational Session 17 - RF Awareness Course (1st Session) (Registered Class Participants Only) Fiesta 3 & 4

8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Educational Session 18, Day 1 - Competent Rigging/Signaling Course (Registered Class Participants Only) Fiesta 7

8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Educational Session 19 - NATE CTS 4th Edition: Tower Climber Training in 2015 Fiesta 8, 9 & 10

11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Wireless Industry Safety Task Force Meeting (Task Force Members Only) Monterrey 1

1:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Educational Session 20 - RF Awareness Course (2nd Session) (Registered Class Participants Only) Fiesta 3 & 4

2:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting (Board Members Only) Cancun

Friday, February 27

START END FUNCTION LOCATION

8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Educational Session 18, Day 2 - Competent Rigging/Signaling Course (Registered Class Participants Only) Fiesta 7

Saturday, February 28

START END FUNCTION LOCATION

8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Educational Session 18, Day 3 - Competent Rigging/Signaling Course (Registered Class Participants Only) Fiesta 7

NATE Member Brainstorming Discussion, Committee Updates and Luncheon

All NATE Members are welcome to attend the luncheon and are encouraged to participate in the Member

Brainstorming Discussion which will be held on Monday, February 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The

Member Brainstorming Discussion will be moderated by the NATE Chairperson and is open to NATE Members

only. Please take advantage of this great opportunity for all NATE Members to participate in an open exchange of

ideas regarding the Association. Updates will be presented by each of NATE’s standing committee chairpersons.

34 TOWER TIMES JANUARY ■ FEBRUARY 2015


OPTIONAL COURSES

This year NATE is offering optional courses as part

of the educational sessions being offered. These

optional courses include the OSHA 10-Hour

Training Course; RF Awareness Course; and a Competent

Rigging/Signaling Course. Participants must

register in advance for a full conference pass and

be employed by a NATE member company.

All courses have a limited number of participants

and registration is on a first-come first-serve basis.

OSHA 10-Hour Training Course

MAXIMUM 40 PARTICIPANTS - $80 FEE

(Course participants must attend and successfully

complete BOTH SESSIONS to receive a certificate of

completion.)

Monday, February 23 • 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 24 • 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Instructors:

Jocko Vermillion, Safety Controls Technology (SCT)

Rob Medlock, Safety Controls Technology (SCT)

Curtis Smith, WesTower

Ed Dennis, Optica Network Technologies, LLC/Pinpoint

Towers

Cost for the course is $80.00 per person. Registered

course participants will be provided with beverages on

both days of the training. Day 2 will also include continental

breakfast.

You may register for the OSHA 10-Hour Training Course

and the NATE UNITE 2015 Conference & Exposition

online by visiting the NATE website at www.natehome.

com. The deadline to register is February 23, 2015.

If you have specific questions regarding the course,

please contact Jocko Vermillion at jvermillion@sct.

us.com.

RF Awareness Course

MAXIMUM 50 PARTICIPANTS PER CLASS PER DAY - $50

FEE

This course is being offered twice to allow for greater

participation!

Thursday, February 26 • 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Session 1

Thursday, February 26 • 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Session 2

Instructor:

Dr. Chris Horne, LBA Group

Any NATE Member who is registered for a full conference

pass for NATE UNITE 2015 has the opportunity to register

for the RF Awareness Course.

Competent Rigging/Signaling

Course

MAXIMUM 35 PARTICIPANTS - $450 FEE

Prerequisite: All participants must have successfully

completed the OSHA-10 Hour Training Course for

Telecom Construction safety prior to start of Rigging

Course.

(Course participants must attend and successfully

complete ALL SESSIONS to receive a certificate of

completion.)

Thursday, February 26 • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, February 27 • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 28 • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Instructor:

Ed Dennis, Optica Network Technologies, LLC/Pinpoint

Towers

Cost for this 3-day course is $450.00 per person and

includes breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon

beverage breaks. If you have specific questions

regarding the course, please contact Ed Dennis at 317-

626-2224 or Edward699@myninestar.net.


JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015 TOWER TIMES 35


Member Services Committee

BRENT JARVIS

Welcome to the newest members of the National

Association of Tower Erectors:

Cannon Construction

Combined Solutions Communications, LLC.

Deviser Instruments

Digit Com Inc.

Drake Lighting, Inc

Glovers Welding

International Tower Supply, LLC

JAG Resources

JOSHROB SOLUTIONS

Kaelus

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Mesa Technical Services

OCI Tower Services

Odyssey Tower Professionals LLC

Petrilla Technologies, LLC

Power & Tel

Power Product Services

Project Group 2000 LLC

Rio Telecom Services LLC

SLC Incorporated

South Plains Communications

Telecom Construction Services

Thomas and Betts

Tricom Networks, Inc.

Unggoy Broadband

Vertical Technology Solutions, Inc

Wireless Turn Key Operations

Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum (WWLF)

Worldwide Communications Consultants, Inc.

As NATE members we all have one major goal: to

reduce the number of accidents and fatalities in the

Chairwoman

Pat Miller

EasTex Tower, Inc.

Board Oversight and Committee Member

Don Train

Train’s Towers, Inc.

Committee Members

Jim Tracy

Legacy Telecommunications, Inc.

Kevin Reski

Great Plains Towers, Inc.

BeLinda Fadely

CommScope

Diane Mueller

Primus Electronics

Clement Rolle

Bahamas Telecomm. Co. Ltd.

Debbie Gion

Trusty Construction LLC

Therese O’Brien

Hutton Communications, Inc.

Subcommittee Members

Miranda Allen

Radiofrequency Safety

International (RSI)

Tommy Lewis

Hayden Tower

Services, Inc.

Brent Jarvis

Corporate College

Palmer Greene

Pexx, Inc.

Nicole Paulette

Elevated Services, LLC

Jason Hilgerson

North Face Construction

Jordyn Miller

MillerCo, Inc.

CONTINUED ON PAGE 38

Brent Jarvis is a member of the NATE Member Services Committee and an Industrial Outreach Specialist at Corporate

College in Sioux City, Iowa. He can be reached at 866-528-4024 or brent.jarvis@witcc.edu.

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JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015 TOWER TIMES 37


Member Services Committee

industry. We achieve this goal through ongoing training

on the different types of hazards in the industry. A

tool that can be used to reduce the number of accidents

and fatalities is accident investigation. All too often

an accident goes unreported because the persons

involved in the accident are perceived as the guilty

party. When investigating an accident you should not

be looking to find out whose fault it is, you should be

looking at what ultimately caused the accident. The

ultimate goal of an investigation is to learn from the

accident and prevent it from happening again. The

investigation team is looking for the root cause of the

accident. Once the root cause is found, you can then

fix the problem that caused the accident and prevent it

from happening again.

When performing an investigation you should include

as many individuals as possible. Treat the investigation

process as a learning tool and use other people’s

expertise. The accident investigation team should

include:

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Upper management

Immediate supervisor

Safety supervisor

Personnel not involved in the accident

Those involved in the accident, if possible

Some of the essential items that you will need to perform

an investigation are:

■■

Camera

near misses. If a near miss is investigated, the results

of that investigation could prevent an accident in the

future. The problem with near miss investigation is the

fact that most of these incidents go unreported and

the investigation never occurs. To solve this problem,

encourage your workforce to report near misses by reassuring

them that the reporting of these incidents will

not result in disciplinary action and that the findings

will be used to help prevent accidents in the future.

The act of performing accident and

near miss investigation can have a

positive effect on your safety

program. These investigations can

greatly reduce the chance that

accidents will reoccur in the future.

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Tape measure

Writing pad

Straight edge ruler

Pens, pencils

Accident investigation forms

Investigating these incidents is a powerful tool that

should be a recognized practice in every company’s

safety program. The proper use of investigation tools

will reduce the number of injuries and save lives in our

industry. n

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Flashlight

There are a number of other items that would be helpful

in the investigation process.

What if I told you that you could also predict accidents

that would happen in the future A majority of

accidents that happen in the workplace can be predicted

by performing a near miss investigation. Most

companies will perform an accident investigation.

However, few companies perform an investigation on

We now have unshakable

conviction that accident

causes are man-made

and that a man-made

problem can be solved

by men and women.

~W.H. Cameron

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Guyed towers are popular because of their economical

advantages over self-supporting and

monopole towers. They can be constructed to much

greater heights for significantly less cost per foot. But

many towers have failed due to a lack of understanding

of the risk of corrosion to the guy anchors.

Guyed anchors require special

attention in order to protect

them against corrosion on the

underground portion of the shaft.

Planning

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Against

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The members of the PAN Advisory Group who are involved in writing and researching each PAN topic include Scott Kisting

(Vice President, MUTI-Sabre Industries Telecom Services), John Erichsen (Principal EET PE, Chairman TIA Committee TR 14),

Craig Snyder (President, Sioux Falls Tower & Communications) and Stephanie Brewer (Compliance Coordinator, MUTI-Sabre

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Corrosion is an electrochemical process. It is the tendency

of a refined metal to return to its native state.

There are four elements essential in order for a corrosion

cell to function as illustrated in Figure 1. They include;

1) an anode, 2) a cathode, 3) an electrolyte and

4) an electrical path between the anode and cathode.

These four elements are inherent with a typical guy

anchor design and therefore can lead to corrosion as

seen in Figure 2.

There are certain conditions which accelerate the

corrosion process. The conductivity of the electrolyte

is typically the largest factor. In the example of a guyed

tower anchor, the soil is the electrolyte and the portion

of the anchor shaft exposed to the soil is the anode.

Soil resistivity is measured in ohm-centimeters. The

lower the measurement, the more electrically conductive

the soil and therefore more subject to accelerated

corrosion. If the soil is high in sulfates (salts) or certain

other minerals, it will lower resistivity and can contribute

to accelerated corrosion. Table 1 shows soil

resistivity measurements and their relation to the rate

of corrosion.

Table 1: Soil Resistivity Classification

Resistivity in ohm/cm Category

0 – 5,000 Very Corrosive

5,000 – 10,000 Moderately Corrosive

10,000 – 25,000 Mildly Corrosive

Source: A.W.Peabody – Control of Pipeline Corrosion

The second most common condition to accelerate

corrosion in a corrosion cell is disparity between the

size of the anode and the size of the cathode. The

larger the cathode, the faster the anode will corrode.

This relationship is shown in a typical anchor design in

Figure 3.

Figure 1:

Basic Corrosion Cell

Figure 3: Anode/Cathode Size Relationship

Figure 3:

Anode/Cathode Size Relationship

Figure 2:

Typical Anchor Corrosion Cell

ANSI/TIA 222-G, Annex G recommends that soil is

measured for electrical resistivity and pH as part of the

geotechnical analysis. The standard further recommends

additional corrosion control measures are taken

into account if these measurements fall within a given

range. The standard states:

“Additional corrosion control methods are required

for steel in direct contact with soil when the

measured soil electrical resistivity is less than 50

ohm-meter [5000 ohm-cm] and/or the measured

soil pH values are less than 3 or greater than 9, for

Class II and III structures”. (ANSI/TIA-222-G, Annex

H: Additional Corrosion Control)

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Planning Advisory Notice

The ANSI/TIA 222-G standard calls out these additional

corrosion control methods in Annex H as follows:

a) Cathodic protection utilizing sacrificial anodes

b) Cathodic protection utilizing impressed

current

c) Concrete encasement of the entire anchor

shaft

“When a concrete deadman is used with an anchor,

the reinforcing in the concrete encasement

shall be properly developed into the concrete

deadman to prevent excess cracking and the concrete

encasement shall extend a minimum of 6 in.

[150 mm] above grade.” (ANSI/TIA-222-G, Annex

H: Additional Corrosion Control)

d) Taping or coating the anchor

The standard states that taping or coating should only

be used in conjunction with cathodic protection since

anomalies in the coating can actually cause accelerated

corrosion at the point where the breach occurs.

Cathodic protection uses the known variables of a

corrosion cell to redirect the corrosion away from the

anchor shaft and toward anodes as shown in Figure 4.

One advantage to this method is the ability to measure

the potential of the system to ensure proper voltage

is being obtained to achieve cathodic protection.

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires buried

underground petroleum pipelines using cathodic protection

achieve -.85 DC volts in order to be considered

adequate protection. Obtaining adequate voltage is

usually a function of anode size and quantity.

Figure 5:

Concrete Encasement

Figure 5:

Cracking Risk of Concrete Encasement

Figure 4:

Sacrificial Anode Cathodic Protection

Another popular method to protect guy anchors

against corrosion is concrete encasement as shown in

Figure 5. Care should be taken when using this method

to protect the anchorage against cracks that could

allow accelerated corrosion at the point where the

crack meets the anchor shaft as shown in Figure 6. To

protect against this ANSI/TIA 222-G states:

Guyed towers will remain a popular option for elevated

antenna systems into the foreseeable future.

Protecting guy anchors against the harmful effects of

corrosion will ensure these towers meet their design

service life. n

References:

1. Control of Pipeline Corrosion by AW Peabody, National

Association of Corrosion Engineers

2. ANSI/TIA-222-G Telecommunications Industry Association,

Washington DC

3. Understanding and Preventing Guyed Tower Failure

Due to Anchor Shaft Corrosion by Craig Snyder –

National Association of Broadcast Engineers – NAB

1993 Proceedings

44 TOWER TIMES JANUARY ■ FEBRUARY 2015


OSHA Relations Committee

JOHN E. MATIAS

Safety First, Safety Always…

Commitment is Not Optional

As a safety consultant for over 10 years before

coming to the tower industry, I have had the opportunity

to see a variety of different construction

trades including, steel erectors, plumbers, heavy

utility workers, HVAC technicians, and electricians.

Working so closely with many different specialties has

allowed me to see firsthand, both the unique differences

in each trade as well as the common challenges

that, regardless of the profession, each worker faced.

I valued every chance I had to be introduced to a new

line of work as it gave me an opportunity to gain knowledge

from experienced construction professionals who

made me better in carrying out my responsibilities to

educate, safeguard, and influence those construction

workers to do their jobs safer. Now having spent an

additional seven years in the tower and telecom world I

can look back and feel the same appreciation for being

introduced into yet another unique industry. And I still

carry the weight of the responsibility to help our workforce

be just a little bit safer.

One common thread that I witnessed and observed

through these years in safety and through many investigations

of both serious and fatal incidents is the danger

of complacency. Despite years of safe experience, training,

use of personal protective equipment, and practice;

a fatal incident can still occur if we let ourselves and our

workers become complacent when it comes to safety.

Those who climb know all too well that having confidence

is key while working at heights. However, when

that confidence outweighs the reality of the actual dangers

of working at heights we invite disaster. A complacent

worker will be prone to forget to double check that

tie-off point, skip a safety meeting, inspect their rigging,

or even knowingly disregard 100% fall protection.

Together, as owners, vendors, managers, climbers

and safety professionals in an unarguably high hazard

industry, we cannot allow ourselves to become

Chairman/Board Oversight

John Paul Jones

Tower & Turbine Technologies LLC

Committee Members

Gordon Lyman

Safety LMSystems LLC

Pat Cipov

Cipov Enterprises, Inc.

Jim W. Coleman

AT&T

Kevin Dougherty

MILLENNIA CONTRACTING, INC.

Don Doty

Velocitel, Inc.

Sean Cooper

Odyssey Tower Professionals LLC

Loui McCurley

Pigeon Mountain Industries, Inc.

Rashad Hutchins

SiteMaster, Inc.

Subcommittee Members

John E. Matias

Goodman Networks, Inc.

Jocko Vermillion

Safety Controls

Technology

Miles Mellor

Cooper's Tower and

Manufacturing, Inc.

Jeffrey Ellis

GlenMartin ®

Kathryn Stieler

Electronics Research, Inc.

Ed Dennis

Pinpoint Towers

Corie Fontenot

TowerMRL, Inc.

Jason “Jase” Farris

Velex

Ben Little

Centerline Solutions, LLC

CONTINUED ON PAGE 46

John E. Matias is a member of the NATE OSHA Relations Committee and is the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety

at Goodman Networks, Inc. in Plano, Texas. He can be reached at 972-421-5210 or jmatias@goodmannetworks.com.


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OSHA Relations Committee

complacent. We have to remain vigilant to ensure that

safe practices are followed for every task, every day. Every

climber, technician, or installer must follow through

with those simple and proven tools that improve safety

in their daily work. Job Safety Analysis (JSA), tail-gate

or tool-box meetings, unannounced safety inspections,

and thorough incident investigations are standard tools

of the safety trade and without a doubt, they work. We

know this, and yet sometimes the demands of build

and the pressures to complete the plan of record may

place us in a position where safety may be sacrificed for

production. That cannot happen. Safety cannot be an

option or an afterthought.

A firm commitment to safety should

be the one unifying foundation upon

which our projects, our programs,

and our companies are built.

Years ago I attended a seminar in which an instructor

held up a large heavy-looking book -- a bound copy

of the OSHA Regulations for Construction -- and he

stated in no uncertain terms “if you are 100% compliant

with OSHA, you get a C+ for safety!” That statement

struck a chord with me and I have never forgotten it. In

fact, I adopted the same philosophy. The truth is that

OSHA regulations are only the minimum and our goal

has to be much greater. If our confidence in safety is

based on the OSHA minimum then we invite a false

sense of security and set ourselves up for complacency.

However, joining causes such as the Wireless Industry

Safety Task Force, the NATE STAR Initiative, or getting

engaged with one of the countless other industry initiatives

available will help challenge each of us to do more

than just the minimum.

In addition to meeting OSHA requirements and engaging

in challenging initiatives to stretch our goals,

we should also consider taking the principals found in

quality management systems designed for continual

improvement and apply them to safety. We can adopt

those ideals and seek to find new ways each year to

make improvements that could simplify our procedures,

strengthen our policies, and improve our training

programs.

As we begin another year in this ever changing industry,

let us recognize that complacency in safety is as great a

violation as free-climbing. Instead, let us commit once

again to being present, active, and engaged in safety

every day, on every job, for every single worker. n

NATE Online

Poll Question

How busy will your company’s work

schedule be in 2015

A. Our work schedule in 2015 will be busier

than it was in 2014

B. Our work schedule looks to be steady in

2015

C. Our work schedule looks to be slower in

2015 than it was in 2014.

D. Too early to tell

The NATE online poll question is located on

the NATE website homepage at

www.natehome.com

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Legal

MARK A. LIES, II & KERRY M. MOHAN

What to Expect from OSHA in 2015 and Beyond…

Introduction

The New Year is rapidly approaching and with that

comes another year of enhanced OSHA enforcement

and new OSHA regulations. Further, following the shift

of political power as a result of the recent mid-term

elections, questions exist as to whether OSHA will continue

with its aggressive agenda of enhanced enforcement

with increased citations and greater penalties or

whether OSHA will respond due to political pressure

from the Congress. In either case, the New Year will

bring levels of uncertainty with the agency that we

have not seen since President Obama took office in

2009. This article will address OSHA’s current and upcoming

enforcement initiatives and trends and OSHA’s

new recordkeeping obligations and the implications

based on the same, all of which will affect employers in

the coming year.

OSHA’S Enforcement Initiatives

Though a number of OSHA’s

enforcement initiatives may not

technically be considered new for

2015, we can expect that OSHA

will continue to increasingly issue

citations under the General Duty

Clause and the Multi-Employer

Worksite Doctrine.

We can also expect OSHA to continue to focus its

attention on the training and protection provided to

temporary employees. As such, it is important that

employers remain aware of these issues to try to limit

liability in 2015.

General Duty Clause

Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health

Act (“the Act”) provides that employers:

[S]hall furnish to each of his employees employment

and a place of employment which are free

from recognized hazards that are causing or are

likely to cause death or serious physical harm to

his employees.

29 U.S.C.A. §654(a)(1). Section 5(a)(1), otherwise known

as the “General Duty Clause,” imposes additional obligations

on employers to protect employees from hazards

even when OSHA does not have a regulation specific

to that hazard. To establish a General Duty Clause

violation, OSHA must establish the following elements:

(1) a condition or activity in the workplace created a

hazard; (2) the employer or its industry recognized

the hazard; (3) the hazard was likely to cause death or

serious physical harm; and (4) a feasible means existed

to eliminate or materially reduce the hazard. If OSHA

cannot establish each and every element, the citation

cannot be supported.

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Mark A. Lies, II is a Labor and Employment Law attorney and Partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 131 S. Dearborn Street, Suite

2400, Chicago, IL 60603. Mr. Lies can be contacted at 312-460-5877 or mlies@seyfarth.com. He specializes in occupational

safety and health law and related employment and personnel injury litigation.

Kerry M. Mohan is an associate with Seyfarth Shaw, (312) 460-5659, kmohan@seyfarth.com. His practice focuses on occupational

safety and health, traditional labor matters, and related employment law and civil litigation.


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In 2015, we can expect OSHA to continue to use the

General Duty Clause to issue citations related to,

among others:

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Workplace violence;

Arc flash - arc blast;

Ergonomics;

Heat illness - hypothermia;

Infectious diseases (such as Ebola);

Permissible Exposure Levels (“PELs”) below

those established in existing OSHA regulations

for hazardous materials;

Fall protection; and

Combustible dust.

Though we list these topics above, it is important to

remember that OSHA can issue a General Duty Clause

citation based on virtually any hazard not already regulated

by a specific OSHA health and safety standard.

Accordingly, employers must conduct a thorough Job

Hazard Analysis (JHA) and take prompt action to abate

all hazardous conditions at the worksite, even if no

specific OSHA standard exists.

Multi-Employer Worksite Doctrine

Under the Act, an employer’s obligation to furnish a

workplace free from recognized hazards is not limited

to its own employees. Rather, under OSHA’s

“Multi-Employer Worksite Doctrine,” OSHA will issue

citations not only to employers who expose their

own employees to a hazardous condition (“exposing

employer”), but also to employers who: (1) created

the hazardous condition (“creating employer”); (2)

exposed the employee to the hazard; (3) were responsible

for correcting the hazardous condition, but

failed to (“correcting employer”); or (4) had the ability

to prevent, abate, or correct the hazardous condition

through the exercise of reasonable supervisory authority

(“controlling employer”). Over the past several

years, we have seen an increase in OSHA using the

Multi-Employer Worksite Doctrine, particularly in the

construction industry, to issue citations to numerous

employers based on a single incident, and we expect

that this will continue into 2015. Thus, employers who

work with sub-contractors or on job sites with multiple

employers must not only ensure that its programs

are adequate and its employees are trained, but also

ensure that its sub-contractors or fellow employers also

adhere to OSHA’s standards. This liability is significant

and can result in citations as well as criminal liability

in the event of a fatality. In addition, OSHA has issued

citations to host employers in the general industry who

have engaged independent contractors to perform

work activities at the host employer’s worksite, relying

upon the host employer’s status as the “controlling”

employer.

Temporary Employees

In 2014, OSHA implemented an initiative to protect

temporary employees under the premise that those

workers are not provided the same level of training and

protections as full-time employees. Under this initiative,

OSHA inspectors are required to inquire during inspections

whether the inspected worksite has temporary

employees and determine whether those employees

are exposed to hazardous conditions. Moreover, during

the inspection, OSHA will also inquire as to whether

the training provided to the temporary workers is in a

language and vocabulary the workers can understand.

If OSHA determines that the host employer failed

to provide adequate training or protections to the

temporary employees, OSHA could issue citations not

only to the temporary staffing agency, but also the host

employer under the Multi-Employer Worksite Doctrine.

In order to enforce this initiative, OSHA has hired

compliance officers who are bilingual (or certified

interpreters) to conduct employee interviews to

determine if the employees understood the training.

If the training was in English and the employee is not

fluent in English, then the training is not “effective”

and the employer can be cited.

False Certifications

OSHA is focusing on many regulations that require the

employer to “certify” that the employee “understood”

training or was qualified to perform certain work

(e.g., forklift, personal protective equipment, LOTO).

If the agency can establish that the training was not

provided or that the employees cannot understand it

because the training is in writing and the employee

is illiterate or the training was conducted verbally in

a language the employee could not understand, the

agency may claim that the certifications are false, resulting

in citations or potential criminal liability for the

individual who signed the certification.

New Recordkeeping Regulations

Beginning on January 1, 2015, OSHA’s new recordkeeping

regulations will go into effect.

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Check Your NAICS Code, Because You May Now Be

Subject to Recordkeeping

Under OSHA’s current rules, employers with 10 or

fewer employees are exempt from maintaining OSHA

300, 301, and 300A records, which track work-related

injuries and illnesses. The current rule also exempts

thousands of employers based on their Standard

Industrial Classification (“SIC”) codes. Under the new

rule that will go into effect on January 1, 2015, the list

of exempted employers based on the classification of

their industry will be based on North American Industry

Classification System (“NAICS”) codes. As a result,

it is anticipated that millions of employers who have

more than 10 employees and who were once exempted

from OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements will now

have to begin maintaining OSHA 300, 301, and 300A

records. Thus, it is imperative that employers check

their NAICS code to determine whether they are now

covered by OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements.

The Types of Reportable Injuries or Illnesses Will

Increase

Under the current rule, even if an employer is not

required to maintain recordkeeping logs or record

injuries, all employers, regardless of size, are required

to report to OSHA within eight (8) hours an incident

involving an employee death or the in-patient hospitalization

of three or more employees. Under the

new standard, all employers are required to report to

OSHA:

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Within eight (8) hours after the death of any

employee as a result of a work-related incident;

and

Within twenty-four (24) hours after the in-patient

hospitalization of one or more employees

or the occurrence of an injury to an employee

involving an amputation or loss of an eye, as a

result of a work-related incident.

The impact of this new rule will be dramatic because

OSHA is required to inspect each and every report

of death or injury described above. As a result, it has

been estimated that OSHA will conduct an additional

10,000 inspections (from approximately 40,000) per

year solely because of the increased reporting.

Inspection Preparation

As noted above, the number of OSHA inspections is

expected to dramatically increase in 2015. As such,

more employers must become aware of their respective

rights, as well as their employees’ rights, during

the OSHA inspection process. For instance, employers

should learn what their rights are regarding the scope

of the inspection, what documents the agency is and

is not entitled to and how to respond to requests for

employee interviews so that they do not waive them

during the inspection process. Accordingly, it is critical

in the next several months that employers train their

supervisors and make employees aware of these

rights. Unless the employer informs the employees of

their rights, there is no way that the employees can

knowingly exercise their rights.

Conclusion

2015 will bring many changes related to employers’

OSHA obligations and, consequently, employers

should review their health and safety programs to

ensure that they are prepared for OSHA’s enhanced

enforcement, new regulations, and increased inspections.

Only by taking affirmative action now can an

employer ensure it is prepared for what is to come in

the next year. n

NOTE: If you wish to receive complimentary copies of

this article and future articles on OSHA and employment

law related topics, please contact Mark A. Lies, II

at mlies@seyfarth.com to be added to the address list.

Voting Member Business Session

All NATE Voting Members are welcome and encouraged to attend

the Voting Member Business Session on Tuesday, February 24 from

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The Voting Member Business Session is open to NATE Voting Members

only and will address official business. The voting credentials desk will

be located directly outside of the session meeting room.

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Safety & Education Committee

TOM BUNK

Culture – Procedures – NATE

NATE Board of Directors, committee members,

association membership and the Administrative Staff

have been building a culture for the tower industry

since the inception of NATE in 1995. I applaud the

originators for the foresight and the will to have started

NATE and to establish a culture of safety, education

and procedures for all involved in the industry.

Culture is defined as:

The total of inherited ideas, beliefs, values, and

knowledge which constitute the shared bases of

social action.

The total range of activities and ideas of a group

of people with shared traditions, which are transmitted

and reinforced by members of the group.

NATE has truly established a level of professionalism

to the tower industry. Joining together with numerous

organizations, associations, government agencies,

communication companies, tower leasing companies

and groups outside of our industry,

NATE has established a culture

and procedure for activities on

communication tower sites.

To keep the culture growing, all NATE members must

share mutual respect for each other and consistent

support of the association. The credibility of NATE is

on the line every day and it is the responsibility of each

member to live by the culture of the organization and

the procedures established.

Procedure is defined as:

A way of acting or progressing in a course of action,

especially an established method.

An act or a manner of proceeding in any action or

process: Conduct.

Chairman

Rick Jones

Sky Jack Communications

Board Oversight and Committee Member

Jim Miller

EasTex Tower, Inc.

Committee Members

Pat Moore

Velocitel, Inc.

Steve Wilder

CITCA LLC

Travis Duley

Duley’s Electric Communication Site Service Inc.

Dominique Valdez

Safety LMSystems, LLC

Tom Bunk

Vertical Technology Services

Gerry Spinelli

Narda Safety Test Solutions

Padriac Casey

Vertical Limit Construction, LLC

Subcommittee Members

Wade Lawyer

Velocitel, Inc.

Bill Koontz

WITCC Corporate

College

Russ Chittenden

Synergy Concepts, Inc.

Jackson Train

Train’s Towers, Inc.

Glenn Speight

AxcessRescue

Mark Muzzana

STG Communication

Services

Tom Wood

Pigeon Mountain

Industries, Inc.

Mike Young

Sioux Falls Tower &

Communications

Steve Fleming

Technical Rescue

Systems LLC

Tom Bunk is a member of the NATE Safety & Education Committee and CEO of Vertical Technology Services, LLC in

Hagerstown, Maryland. He can be reached at 301-790-3381or tombunk@verticalts.com.

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NATE has coordinated and

established many guidelines

used by the tower industry

today. The NATE website is

a good place to refresh your

company on what is available

for education and following

procedure guidelines. The

ANSI/TIA 1019 A is common

place for all daily rigging jobs.

Most projects today do not

get a NTP without an approved

rigging plan. Placing

a person on a tower requires

not only being a competent

climber, but also possessing

the skills to perform a rescue.

A two person team on a tower

is standard and no company

should ever have one tower

mechanic on a site climbing.

More information on the CPL

for riding the line, RF special

procedure plan, equipment

checklist, hazard recognition

can be located on the NATE

webite at www.natehome.

com.

Congratulations to the new

and returning Board members

and a tip of my hat to the current

Board members. NATE

has proven to be a positive

identity in the communication

world. With everyone’s

involvement, it will continue to

be a strong association, to be

respected and to be heard by

all involved in the communication

industry.

Be safe, have fun and be part

of the “Culture.” n

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Finance

MICHAEL COLE

Making a Seamless Transition to Early Retirement

The transition from working to retiring requires

tremendous preparation – and leaving your job

sooner than expected can present additional challenges.

We thought you might appreciate this article,

which offers some useful information about staying on

track toward your original financial goals even when

retiring early.

Now that you are about to retire, your goals around retirement

assets are naturally changing. You are moving

from the “accumulation phase” into the “distribution

phase,” which means you will be taking withdrawals

from your retirement accounts, probably for the first

time.

However, retirement does not

mean you must – or should – stop

growing your assets. It does mean

you should balance long-term

growth with your income needs.

Below is an overview about moving the accumulation

phase to the distribution phase.

Take Stock of Where You Stand

Think about what you want for yourself as you stand on

the brink of this big change. Decide if your retirement

is permanent or simply a break before starting the next

phase of your life. For many people, “retiring” really

means transitioning to part-time work, consulting,

freelancing or even starting a new career in an entirely

different profession. If you do continue working,

recognize that your post-retirement earnings are likely

much lower than your previous compensation. And of

course, your choice will be closely tied to the assets

you have accumulated, your health, your age and your

spouse’s wishes.

To fully prepare, it is smart to review your liabilities and

spending. Consider completing a budget worksheet

that outlines your core fixed expenses (needs) as well

as variable, lifestyle or luxury items (wants and wishes),

to gain a better understanding of your cash flow

needs. Do your best to pay off as much debt as possible

before you retire and avoid high-interest debt, particularly

credit card debt. If you have a short window of

employment before you retire, take advantage of it to

refinance any outstanding mortgages at lower rates.

Once you retire, it will be harder to do so.

If you retire before age 65 and cannot obtain health

coverage through a spouse or domestic partner, you

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will need private health insurance until you become

eligible for Medicare. Consider all possible sources:

Does your employer offer health care benefits to its

retirees or allow you to convert a policy If so, learn

the details and the cost.

The Affordable Care Act created Health Insurance

Exchanges in every state. Some states run their own

exchanges; some are administered by the federal

government and some partner with the federal

government to run the exchange together. Go to

healthcare.gov for more information before making a

decision.

Identify Sources of Income

Historically, a common rule of thumb suggested you

would need at least 80% of your pre-retirement income

to maintain the same standard of living you had before

you stopped working.

When thinking about income, also think about how

long your retirement might last. A 60-year old in the

U.S. today can expect to live an average of 21.55 more

years. So your assets need to provide you with income

over a period that could last several decades.

You can access retirement accounts such as 401(k)s,

403(b)s and IRAs before age 59 ½ , but you will likely

face a penalty for early withdrawal. However, if you

stop working after age 55 but before 59 ½, you may be

able to take withdrawals from a 401(k) or other defined

contribution plan without being subject to an early

distribution penalty tax. This rule applies to a 401(k)

account that you had with your current employer when

you were at least 55 and may apply to other employer

sponsored plans as well. There are a few other details

about age 55 withdrawals, so it is wise to check with

your 401(k) plan administrator and a tax advisor before

initiating them.

Similarly, if you meet certain requirements, you can

make penalty-free IRA withdrawals, called 72(t) payments,

prior to age 59 ½.

Position Your Portfolio for Retirement

You may have a company pension that will provide you

with retirement income. In the absence of one or if the

payouts are insufficient, we can create a “self-funded

pension” to generate guaranteed income during

retirement. Certain tax-deferred variable annuities, for

example, allow clients to withdraw a minimum amount

each month or year for life, guaranteed by the issuing

insurance company. You may want to consider allocating

a portion of your savings into such an annuity, for

income protection and upside growth potential. There

are some risks involved with variable annuities that

should be discussed with your financial advisor before

making a decision.

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NATE Member Training

Companies that Meet or Exceed

Requirements of the NATE CTS

NATE member training companies requesting

acknowledgement have submitted materials

demonstrating that their training meets or exceeds

the minimum requirements for training outlined in the

NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard

(NATE CTS). Those companies are listed below.

Advanced Safety

Airstreams Renewables, Inc.

AxcessRescue

BlueStream Professional Services

Capital Safety

CITCA LLC

COM-TECH Construction

COMTRAIN

Corporate College

WORLD’S FIRST

MAGNETIC DRILL

PILOT LIGHT

ENSA North America

Global Safety Consultants

Gravitec Systems, Inc.

Honeywell Safety Products USA, Inc.

Lakeshore Technical College

Learn To Return Training Systems

MasTec Network Solutions, LLC

MUTI - Sabre Industries Telecom Services

NOUVELLE HAUTEUR INC.

Pacific Safety Solutions LLC

Parsons Infrastructure & Technology Group

Peak Career Services / Pinnacle Career Institute

Pigeon Mountain Industries, Inc.

Safety Connection, Inc.

Safety LMSystems LLC

Safety One, Inc.

Safety Technology USA LLC

SBA Communications Corporation

SpanSet USA

Tech Safety Lines, Inc.

Technical Rescue Systems LLC

TES Inc.

Tidewater Tower, Inc. (Authorized Climber)

Tower Safety & Instruction

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of selecting a training company to meet your business

needs should be the result of diligent research to determine

which trainer will best prepare your company

and your climbers for the demands of the specific jobs

they will face. n

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What To Do in Case of An Accident

Even companies with the best safety records

know they need to be prepared and have a

well-developed plan of action to follow should

the unlikely event of a serious, or even

catastrophic, accident occur.

Being prepared means having immediate access to

the necessary support to ensure that the best possible

care is readily available. It also means making certain

that all parties in the company know what to do and

when it should be done.

It is important to understand that there are laws in

place regarding accident reporting and the availability

of medical services and first aid. These regulations can

be found under CFR 1904.3 “OSHA Reporting,” and

CFR 1926.50 “Medical Services and First Aid.”

To assist NATE members with developing their own accident

contingency plans, the NATE Board of Directors

and Administrative Staff have developed the following

list of suggestions. This list is not intended to be an

exhaustive compilation of all possible actions, but is

intended to act as a guideline for member companies

to develop their own plan of action. The items below

are not presented in any particular order.

Emergency Checklist

1. Check the injured individual(s) immediately and

assess his/her condition.

2. Call the nearest Emergency Medical Services

(EMS), if necessary. As per your company safety

program, make certain that all crew members are

capable of giving clear directions to the site, and

that all crew members have easy access to the

EMS phone number. Site directions and the EMS

phone number must be easily and readily accessible

to all crew members.

3. After calling the EMS, phone the home office and

give them as much detail as time allows. An office

representative will fill out the required forms.

4. The call to the EMS should also alert the local police,

so expect them to arrive. If they do not arrive,

you will need to call them so they can investigate

the accident.

5. While the police are there, ask them to secure

the site so that nothing related to the accident is

moved by anyone. If you need more than 24 hours

to conduct your investigation, ask the police to

recommend a security service.

6. Before the EMS leaves, be sure that you have their

company name and know where they are taking

the injured individual(s).

7. The home office should appoint a temporary

spokesperson. Only the spokesperson is allowed

to make any statements.

8. OSHA and police officials have the authority to

question witnesses. Only provide the necessary

information and facts as you know them. Do not

speculate.

9. If the police do not arrive to secure the site, then a

company representative must remain there.

10. At the first opportunity, call the home office and

give them a detailed report regarding who was

involved and what happened before, during, and

after the accident. The home office will advise you

on the next steps to take.

11. Have all personnel who were at the site at the time

of the accident write a detailed report regarding

their location and actions prior to, during, and

after the accident.

12. Take pictures of the accident site as soon as

possible following the accident, making certain

to include any equipment involved, the perimeter

and entrance facing the accident scene, and close

up pictures of any important items.

This emergency checklist was compiled by the NATE Board of Directors and Administrative Staff. If you need further assistance

following an accident, please contact the NATE office at 888-882-5865 (U.S.) or 605-882-5865.


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What To Do in Case of An Accident

13. Office personnel will contact the families of the individual(s)

involved in the accident when they have

enough information to pass along. How to tell

loved ones is a delicate situation, and, if deemed

appropriate, clergy may be preferred. Under no

circumstances should employees contact family

members of other employees.

14. Office personnel must advise the insurance carrier

of the accident. This will enable the insurance

company to begin its own investigation procedures.

15. The office needs to determine who is going to

conduct the company’s investigation and if that

person is not on site, then they need to be mobilized

immediately.

16. The office needs to develop a file on the accident

containing all photos taken at the accident scene,

copies of all witness reports, copies of all initial

written documents, copies of all files concerning

personnel at the accident site, copies of all information

used on the site, and copies of all contracts,

job orders, and correspondence concerning

the site.

21. It is preferable to have a different crew come in

and finish the job once OSHA releases the site.

However, no work should be continued until all

necessary information has been gathered, and the

safety of the work site confirmed.

22. A company representative should provide outside

psychological help in dealing with an accident

before employees return to work.

23. A company representative should offer to assist

the family of the individual(s) with hospital or burial

arrangements, as well as to inform them of any

counseling or other company benefits that are

available.

PLEASE NOTE: NATE maintains an affiliation with a

law firm who has experience involving a wide variety of

tower industry related issues. In addition to assisting

with issues that arise in the day-to-day operations of

the Association, Seyfarth Shaw LLP is the firm NATE

recommends to assist member companies with tower

industry-related legal concerns. NATE’s point of contact

with Seyfarth Shaw LLP is Mark A. Lies, II. He can

be reached at 312-460-5877 or mlies@seyfarth.com. n

17. During your investigation, take detailed pictures

again of everything concerning the accident. Duplicate

the position of as many photos as possible

from the original accident photographs. Make

multiple sets of prints of all photos taken for insurance

and legal purposes.

18. The customer, tower owner, and landowner need

to be contacted by the office personnel as the

accident will affect them also.

19. If you are to interview witnesses and involved personnel,

be sure to gather all relevant information.

20. If OSHA conducts interviews, the company representative

must obtain permission from the employees

to be in attendance (this may vary from state

to state, so check with your attorney). Employees

may be asked to sign a statement and/or note

taken by an OSHA representative. Advise your

employees that they are under no obligation to

sign anything. If, however, they do choose to sign,

then encourage them to review their statement

carefully, and remind them that they are entitled

to ask for a copy. Additionally, if the employee so

chooses, he or she may provide a copy to their

employer.

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NATE Safety and Educational Materials

3rd Edition NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection

Training Standard (NATE CTS)..................................$50.00

The NATE CTS was developed to establish

the minimum training requirements to

keep tower climbers safe. NATE encourages

you to provide additional training as

needed to meet the specific types of work

your company may perform. Designed

to be used for either in-house training or

commercial purposes, the NATE CTS will

also provide the basis for determining that a

climber’s training is comprised of appropriate

information, education, equipment, practical applications and

evaluations. Regardless of where a tower climber is trained, they can

proudly announce that they have been trained to, or beyond, the

NATE standard.

NOTE: Non-members can purchase the NATE CTS for

$200.00

Please visit www.natehome.com or call 888-882-5865 (U.S.) for more

information.

4th Edition NATE Accident Prevention, Safety and

Health Program Guide............................................... $100.00

This safety program was designed specifically

for the tower industry and is intended

to serve as a guide for NATE members to

use when developing their own company

safety program. Included in the safety

program are suggested formats and procedures

for fall prevention, hazard identification

and tower access, along with samples

of a climber exam and evaluation form. As

Guidelines for the

Radio, Television, and

Communications

Tower Industry

Including Similar Structures

ACCIDENT PREVENTION,

SAFETY AND HEALTH

PROGRAM GUIDE

additional procedures and practices are adopted by NATE, revisions

and updates will be provided. The NATE Accident Prevention, Safety

and Health Program Guide, alone or in conjunction with the series of

NATE safety videos, is an excellent tool for enhancing your company’s

safety program.

NATE Training Guidelines for Working on

Communication and Similar Structures with a Gin

Pole and Associated Equipment................................ $15.00

This was developed to provide minimum

guidelines for worker training required for gin

pole use for work relating to the installation,

alteration and maintenance of communications

structures.

NOTE: Non-members can purchase the NATE

Training Guidelines for Working on Communication

and Similar Structures with a Gin Pole and

Associated Equipment for $60.00.

Fourth Edition

Videos..................................................................... $20.00 each

The NATE Safety & Education Committee has developed and produced

a series of videos available to assist members in continuing

employee education. Additional videos will be produced as new

practices and procedures are adopted by the NATE membership.

The safety videos, when used in conjunction with the NATE Accident

Prevention, Safety and Health Program Guide, are effective tools for

augmenting safety programs of member companies. They inform

employees of the techniques associated with working

in elevated positions and of the many working

practices that will help them to perform their jobs

more safely.

Personnel Hoisting n This video will aid in familiarization

of basic hoist specifications and procedures;

proper safety equipment; the correct procedures to

safely hoist personnel to their work stations on the

tower; and proper communications between workers

on the tower and hoist personnel.

Gin Pole Procedures n This video will aid in

familiarization of basic hoist specifications and procedures;

rigging a gin pole to a tower; jumping the

pole; proper use of a tagline; and proper communications

between workers on the tower and hoist

personnel.

RF Awareness n This video will aid in familiarization

of basic RF concepts, including: what RF is;

understanding potential health hazards of overexposure

to RF; the correct procedures for working

safely when RF is present; and the need for specific

RF safety plans.

Resource Reference for RF Awareness....................$20.00

NATE has available to members a Resource

Reference for RF Awareness booklet to guide

in educating employees on the issue of radio

frequency radiation. It includes a listing of RF

publications an employer should maintain on file,

a short history of the FCC MPE law, an RF Safety

Awareness checklist to be used on a job site,

human exposure to RF, OSHA Labor Regulation

1910.147, various related articles and other relevant

information.

Suggested Fall Protection -

Rooftop Work Area Protocol..................$8.00

This booklet was designed by the Safety & Education

Committee to provide member companies with certain

guidelines for fall protection on rooftop work areas.

Since every rooftop is different, the fall protection

system utilized will be as well. The booklet discusses

Warning Line Systems, Safety Monitoring Systems, Fall Restraint

Systems, and Fall Arrest Systems along with applicable definitions.

4” Window Cling-On

25¢ Each

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25¢ Each

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Glossary of Tower and

Communications Terminology....$25.00

Produced by the Safety & Education Committee

in an effort to bring some uniformity to industry

terminology, the booklet is a broad compilation

of terminology from companies across the nation

to be used by newcomers to the trade as well as

experienced individuals.

Site Signage Package....................................................$35.00

This package will provide NATE

member companies with guidelines

for proper OSHA required

hazard warning signs for worker

information and protection. The

package consists of Suggested

Signage Protocol - Foreman’s Reference

Guide and also heavy-duty

laminated flip-cards to be used on jobsites.

Signage recommendations are included for winches,

tower or site inspection (includes re-lamping), rigging the

tower, foundation installation, torch/welder/grinder, RF safety,

tower erection, installation of antennas and transmission lines,

rust treating and painting, maintenance work, working near power

lines, fire hazard, and sites with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Tower Safety Signals....................................................$10.00

This booklet was designed by the Safety &

Education Committee to provide member

companies with guidelines for alternate signaling

at tower sites. The booklet discusses audible

signals as well as providing visual graphics and

descriptions of hoist hand signals, crane hand

signals, forklift hand signals, helicopter hand

signals, semaphore flag signals and Morse

Code. These various styles of safety signals are

being used throughout the world.

Hoist Operator Educational Requirements............$10.00

Providing guidelines for consistent education of

hoist operators is addressed by this edition of

NATE’s long list of safety resources. The NATE

Hoist Operator’s Educational Requirements

manual provides tower service companies with

information to help design their own effective

training program for employees who will be hoist

operators. The manual covers a wide range of

topic areas, from hoist systems to the qualifications

of the operator.

NATE Tower Site Hazard

Recognition Guide...................................FREE OF CHARGE

The NATE Tower Site Hazard

Recognition Guide was

designed specifically for the

on-site personnel of carriers,

broadcasters, owners,

operators, general contractors

and any others responsible

for activities on a tower site.

This educational material is an

online resource that serves as a

step-by-step guide for project

managers and other employees

to recognize and effectively address hazardous situations.

Through a series of simple, easy to follow modules, personnel will be

empowered with the ability to recognize and help mitigate hazardous

situations and improve safety while preventing and reducing the

number of accidents on-site. There is no charge to access and utilize

the Guide. For more information on the NATE Tower Site Hazard

Recognition Guide, visit www.natehome.com.

NATE Coffee Table Book...............Hard Cover $34.95

Soft Cover $24.95

The NATE Coffee Table

Book allows your story

to unfold through the

eyes of a camera lens.

This book has been

produced to help you

illuminate the majesty,

beauty and challenges

of our chosen occupation.

This is done

by showcasing breathtaking photography and includes the

unmistakable underlying message of “Safety First, Safety

Always”. Photographs range from “sea to shining sea” and

include virtually every type of geography, climate and topography.

Some of the photos are of National Treasures. Others

simply portray magnificent scenes designed to highlight

the work of our talented climbers. The Coffee Table Book

will make terrific gifts for clients, suppliers, supporters and

employees.

Place your order online at

www.natehome.com

Please note: All stickers, cling-ons and patches feature NATE’s traditional logo colors.

12” Round Sticker

$6.00 Each

Weather resistant. Perfect for

use on vehicles, tool boxes,

buildings, etc.

2” Hard Hat

Stickers

50¢ Each Sheet

(2 PER SHEET)

1” Stickers

on a Roll

$25.00

(250 PER ROLL)


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NATE Membership

Benefits

The National Association of Tower Erectors was

founded by a group of companies, whose

primary function was erecting, servicing,

constructing or maintaining communication

towers or similar structures.

Two categories of membership have been established:

Primary Membership and Support Membership. There

are also subcategories under each of these categories.

For those who have retired from the industry,

but would like to stay informed and involved, the

Association offers a special Retired NATE Membership.

To learn more about becoming a NATE Member and

the benefits of Membership, please visit our website

www.natehome.com.

Membership Benefits

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NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training

Standard

A unified voice in Washington, D.C. with Bob

Lawrence & Associates

Access to NATE Safety and Educational Materials

Strong unified voice working with OSHA

Legal counsel available to members through

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

NATE Annual Conference & Exposition

Use of NATE’s logo

Membership plaque and certificate

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NATE STAR Initiative

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Access to NATE’s membership list

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Access to key players in the tower industry

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Complimentary website link

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Complimentary subscription to Tower Times

magazine

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Opportunity to serve on committees and

subcommittees

Attention Advertisers:

The 2015 Media Planner is now available on the NATE website.

To view, please visit:

http://natehome.com/tower-times/advertising-information/

NATE is pleased to announce that rates have not increased for

2015. If you have any questions regarding advertising, please

contact the NATE office at 605-882-5865 or 888-882-5865 (U.S.)

or email towertimes@natehome.com.

2015 Media Planner 1

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JANUARY

TOWERTIMES Advertising Listing


FEBRUARY 2015

Company

Page Number

AGL Media Group........................................................ 27

Alcoa Fastening Systems............................................. 41

Alliance Corporation.................................................... 23

Dillon/Quality Plus, Inc................................................... 5

Ehresmann Engineering, Inc. ...................................... 53

Ergodyne................................................................19 / 37

ETA International.......................................................... 58

GME Supply Co.............................................Back Cover

Harger Lightning & Grounding................................... 17

Hougen Manufacturing Inc.......................................... 60

IWCE.............................................................................. 59

LBA Group..................................................................... 18

Midwest Unlimited ...........................Inside Front Cover

Preformed Line Products............................................. 51

Primus Electronics...............................Inside Back Cover

Radiofrequency Safety International (RSI).................. 46

Radio Frequency Systems............................................ 57

Rope and Rescue.......................................................... 25

Sabre Industries, Inc..................................................... 43

Sunsight Instruments.................................................... 49

TWR Lighting, Inc......................................................... 21

UNIMAR INC................................................................. 15

WANHO Manufacturing, Inc. ........................................ 9

Waterford Consultants, LLC......................................... 39

WestFall Professional..................................................... 7

WITCC-Corporate College.......................................... 55

WWLF............................................................................ 13

Classified Ads

T & G Tower Corporation............................................. 68

UniTech Services Group............................................... 68

Safety is as simple as ABC - Always Be Careful. ~Author Unknown

ABC

Dates to

Remember

February 4, 2015

Northeast Wireless Safety Summit

Tarrytown, New York

February 18, 2015

AGL Regional Conference

Long Beach, California

February 23-26, 2015

NATE UNITE 2015

Lake Buena Vista, Florida (Orlando area)

March 16-17, 2015

South Wireless Summit

Nashville, Tennessee

March 16-20, 2015

ETA International/IWCE

Las Vegas, Nevada

April 11-16, 2015

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)

Las Vegas, Nevada

April 27-30, 2015

TowerXchange Meetup Americas

Hollywood, Florida

April 27-30, 2015

PCIA

Hollywood, Florida


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in Punta Gorda, Florida

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NATE Online

Marketplace

As a benefit to members, NATE offers an online

“Marketplace” as an avenue for members

to buy and sell used equipment. Although anyone

is allowed to view the online classified ads,

only NATE members may post an ad. This online

“Marketplace” is available for members to place

an ad at no charge.

RF Protection

Naptex RF Garment

Sales and Rental

Tower Signs

Compliance Consult

50 Year Radiation

Protection Leader

Rules and Regulations

UniTech Services Group

www.unitech-rf.com

(800) 344-3824 x148

DID YOU

KNOW

NATE has developed

a FREE online

resource:

The NATE Tower

Site Hazard Recognition Guide was designed

specifically for the on-site personnel of carriers,

broadcasters, owners, operators, general

contractors and any others responsible for

activities on a tower site. For more information

on the NATE Tower Site Hazard Recognition Guide,

see page 65 or visit www.natehome.com.

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Only NATE members are allowed to place

an ad.

Ads are limited to 40 words. Ads submitted

with more than 40 words will be rejected.

This marketplace is for buying and selling

used equipment only.

It is the advertiser’s responsibility to notify

the NATE office when their equipment sells

or they have found the used equipment

requested and they want their ad removed

from the marketplace.

Please allow 3 to 5 working days for your ad

to be posted.

Ads may be placed online on the NATE website

at: www.natehome.com or by emailing

towertimes@natehome.com.

All ad submittals must include a contact

name, company name, street address, email

address and phone number.

NATE reserves the right to reject any ad for

any reason.

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