For Immediate Release:
February 11, 2016
NATE Participates in 2nd FCC – DOL Tower Climber Safety Workshop in Washington, D.C.
Former NATE Chairman Don Doty Highlights Industry Best Practices at Event
(Washington, D.C.) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) was an active participant at today’s 2nd Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Tower Climber Safety Workshop at the FCC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. A delegation consisting of NATE’s Board of Directors and Legislative & Regulatory Committee members were in attendance at the event.
Former NATE Chairman Don Doty from FDH-Velocitel, Inc. represented the Association on the Best Practices panel session at the workshop. During his remarks, Doty highlighted NATE’s prominent role in developing safety resources, best practices and writing industry standards that have served to enhance the safety of communications tower workers.
"This workshop provided a visible platform for me to discuss the safety and best practices that I have learned through my affiliation with NATE and my over 40 years of experience working in the industry,” said Don Doty.
The 2nd FCC-DOL Tower Climber Safety Workshop also included a panel session devoted to analyzing comments received from OSHA’s 2014 Request for Information (RFI) and a session devoted to current telecommunications industry workforce development initiatives.
Additionally, Tom Wheeler (Chairman of the FCC), Roger Sherman (FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief), Dean McKenzie (Acting Director, Directorate of Construction at the U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA) and Eric M. Seleznow (Deputy Assistant Secretary – ETA) were all on hand to address audience members at the workshop.
”I would like to thank the FCC and U.S. Department of Labor for organizing this workshop in order to continue to shine the spotlight on the importance of industry safety and best practices,” stated NATE Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “Due to NATE’s leadership, stakeholders from every layer of the wireless infrastructure chain have collaborated closer together than ever before and the private sector is in a strong position to continue to foster a safer working environment for the industry’s workforce moving forward,” added Schlekeway.
An archived video recording of the workshop will be available on the FCC’s event website within a few days following the event. For more information regarding NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.
About National Association of Tower Erectors
National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is a non-profit trade association in the wireless infrastructure industry providing a unified voice for tower erection, service and maintenance companies. Today the Association boasts over 760 member companies located throughout the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and Trinidad. For additional information on NATE, please visit www.natehome.com.
Contact: Todd Schlekeway 605-882-5865
January/February 2016• Volume 22 • Issue 1