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NATE STAR Initiative Aims at Increasing Tower Safety

Certification seeks to emphasize good practices and recognize followers.

The National Association of Tower Erectors has begun a program concentrating on the safety of tower workers.

Dubbed NATE STAR, the initiative aims to improve practices on the high steel and recognize efforts made by others in the industry.

NATE STAR was announced at the annual NATE conference and exposition in Oklahoma City, Okla., this past week. Its proponents seek to improve tower safety by focusing on safety, training, accountability and reliability. The organization says approximately 80 of its members have applied so far.

Quoted in the press release, NATE Chairman Jim Coleman summed up the program: “Safety should never be confused with priorities. Priorities change based on deadlines and budgets. Work must be conducted safely regardless of any other circumstances.” He went on to say that companies that invest time and money in a safe, detail-oriented workplace are rewarded with quality craftsmanship.

President of Legacy Telecommunications Inc. Jim Tracy described the STAR initiative as central to the integrity of tower workers. Emphasizing the health and safety of crews as a personal and professional concern, sending “our crews home safely,” is good for business and for the industry, he said.

NATE STAR requirements include specific levels of training, such as meeting or exceeding NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard and applicable requirements from the Telecommunications and Broadcast Tower Inspection Checklist; enacting programs on health and safety; regular site audits; and the constant on-site presence of reliable personnel.