NATE Launches First-of-its-Kind Hazard Recognition Guide

February 17, 2010

WATERTOWN, S.D., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ — The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has launched the first-of-its-kind tower-site Hazard Recognition Guide to continue to improve safety on broadcast and communications tower sites. This program will provide guidance to project managers, site superintendents and any other responsible personnel on a tower site, to recognize hazardous situations. NATE launched the program at NATE 2010, its annual trade show being held in Lake Buena Vista, Florida this week.

NATE, the unified voice for the tower erection, service and maintenance industry teamed with two cellular carriers and one of the nation’s leading owners and operators of wireless infrastructure to develop the content for the Guide.

                            SBA Communications Corporation
                                    Cellular South

The Association also leveraged its repository of tower safety standards and safety resources to ensure the Hazard Recognition Guide provides personnel with the information required to empower everyone on a broadcast or communications tower site with the knowledge of safe operating procedures.

“Every responsible person on a tower site should have a working knowledge of safe operating procedures and be able to recognize hazardous situations,” said Jim Coleman, NATE Chairman of the Board of Directors. “The employees of cellular, broadcast and other contractors have a role to play in the safety of the tower technicians working on and around the tower. The Hazard Recognition Guide provides them a resource to help them play that important role.”

The Guide is designed to empower on-site employees of tower owners, carriers, broadcasters and general contractors to recognize hazards on broadcast and communications tower sites and take steps to alleviate those situations quickly and effectively. The Hazard Guide also provides personnel with additional resources such as OSHA guidelines where further information about specific topics can be gathered.

“Improving safety in the tower industry should be paramount for tower companies, wireless companies, broadcasters, owners and operators,” said David Sams, Director of Risk Management for SBA Communications. “This Guide is another way we are developing a culture of safety and ensuring that everyone goes home safely each night.”

As part of its mission to increase safety on all broadcast and communications tower sites, NATE is offering the Guide free to anyone in the industry, not just NATE members. For more information on the NATE Tower Site Hazard Recognition Guide or other tower-safety resources, visit www.natehome.com or www.hazardrecognition.com.

About The National Association of Tower Erectors

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is a non-profit trade association providing a unified voice for tower erection, maintenance and service companies. NATE is headquartered in Watertown, South Dakota with a staff of six people who administer the day-to-day operation of the association. As a member driven association, NATE is directed by its Board of Directors and committees. These individuals come from all types and sizes of companies located throughout the United States. Today the Association boasts over 600 member companies located throughout the United States, Bahamas, Canada, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Singapore, Sweden and Trinidad and continues to grow. For additional information on NATE, please visit www.natehome.com.

SOURCE The National Association of Tower Erectors

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