Wireless Industry Safety Task Force Makes Progress

Texas meeting demonstrated ongoing tower safety efforts
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IRVING, Texas�Wireless Industry Safety Task Force members participated in a meeting May 14. The organization aims to establish best practices to achieve sustainable safety and quality improvements in the industry.

The event had about 50 attendees, representing wireless carriers, tower owners, OEMs, turnkey/construction management firms and the National Association of Tower Erectors, and was held at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Marriott in Irving, Texas.

�Today�s meeting provided a great platform to receive updates on the safety and quality initiatives that have originated from the work of the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force,� said NATE Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. �Due to the Task Force, every layer of the wireless infrastructure chain is collaborating in an effective and efficient manner and is in a strong position to solve the industry�s safety and quality challenges moving forward,� added Schlekeway.

During the meeting, members of the task force received a progress update on the development of the National Wireless Safety Alliance, the nonprofit national assessment and certification organization. The mission statement of the pending organization is �to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable worker certification in order to enhance safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training and recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers and other non-standard structures.�

The Skills-Based Training Subcommittee also provided a status update on the National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard. This standard is being created by subject matter experts and will be a by-product of industry-wide collaboration.

Other highlights on the agenda included updates from the Manufacturing and Engineering Solutions Working Group; a 2014 industry insurance data report from Patrick Shea of Zurich/Tower Program Insurance Services; a discussion on OSHA�s Request for Information on Communication Tower Safety; and a recap of OSHA�s 2015 National Safety Stand-Down, which was held May 4-15.

NATE is a not-for-profit trade association in the wireless infrastructure industry providing a unified voice for tower erection, service and maintenance companies.