The STAC Steering Committee was pleased to send a delegation to the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) UNITE event in Nashville TN last week. This marks the third consecutive year STAC has enjoyed the opportunity to meet with NATE’s leaders and members.
This year the STAC delegation had the pleasure of addressing two of NATE’s committees: the NATE Safety and Education Committee and the NATE OSHA Relations Committee. During the 30-minute meetings scheduled with each committee, members of the STAC Steering Committee provided NATE committee members with an overview of STAC’s mission, activities and membership, and discussed opportunities for the two organizations to work together or share educational information.
Some topics the NATE committee members focused on included:
• The development of the STAC Climber Training Guidelines and how this may relate to the efforts of the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) in the United States;
• The increasing occurence of anchor shaft corrosion issues in both countries;
• The results of the Tall Tower Rescue project, completed by STAC and Nouvelle Hauteur in September;
• STAC’s submission to the Canadian federal government consultation on proposed new fall protection regulations;
• Differences and similarities in the regulation (and proposed regulation) of UAVs in Canada and the United States.
In addition to these meetings, members of the STAC Steering Committee also spent their time in Nashville attending educational sessions about developments in the United States and around the world, and meeting with NATE Members who may be interested in STAC Membership or who may be interested in showcasing their products or services to STAC Members at our own conference coming up in April.
Ultimately, STAC’s third delegation to NATE UNITE was yet another overwhelming success, thanks to the valuable information that was shared across organizations, and the continued development of the bond between the two groups. After all, STAC and NATE are each striving towards the same goal – the continued safety of workers in the communication tower industry, each and every day.
We should also take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make STAC’s delegation to Nashville such a great success. Those deserving of particular thanks include:
• The STAC Steering Committee members who attended NATE UNITE (Clay Parchewsky from WesTower, Keith Ranney from Bell, and Ed Hachey from SBA);
• The NATE staff and members who helped facilitate STAC’s meeting with the NATE committees (including Todd Schlekeway and Nikki Gronau);
• And STAC Members who attended NATE UNITE (including Chris Penfold from Trylon, Martin and Jeanne Piercey from P-SEC, James Fess from RVA Lighting & Masts, and Jerry Bezner and Dave Perry from Alliance Corp.).