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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Planning Advisory Notices

Planning Advisory Notices (or PANs) are designed to advise and educate the many stakeholders of the industry, including tower owners, carriers, broadcasters, general contractors and tower erectors, on the scope of work and best practices for industry projects, which will enhance workplace safety and the quality of the work performed.

MUTI is part of the editorial committee and sponsor for the PAN's.  Please visit www.tirap.org for more information. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Going beyond compliance standards and use of SAUCE could curtail tower-site accidents

Going beyond compliance standards and use of SAUCE could curtail tower-site accidents

In Associations News, Featured News, Standards, Training News & Initiatives by Wireless Estimator September 9, 2015

Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) board chairman Scott Kisting today urged members of the wireless infrastructure industry to watch a newly produced video aimed at strengthening workplace safety, enhancing workplace quality, and improving worker health and safety training.

Initiated by TIRAP and produced by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the video released today, the first of a planned ongoing series, was moderated by Jim Maddux, Director of Construction Safety, OSHA; with panelists Paul Roberts, Vice President of Compliance, American Tower Corporation; John Erichsen, Structural Engineer and Chairman TIA/TR14 Committee; and Scott Kisting, Sr. Vice President, MUTI Tower Service Company and Chairman of the TIRAP Board of Directors.

In the general discussion video regarding tower safety and work quality, available here, Maddux emphasized that the OSH Act requires employers to provide a safe and healthful work environment for their workers.

“But to be really safe, employers need to go beyond the OSHA standards, implement safety and health programs, make sure that they have effective policies and training programs, and supervise their employees in a way that minimizes unsafe actions,” he said.

Being a ‘student’ is a career-long obligation

He also said, “In the scheme of things, our industry is still very young. It is in a state of almost constant change. The men and women who do this work always have to be students, as what they are doing today may not be what they will be doing tomorrow. We have to do a better job in communicating the standards to each member of our industry. We must understand how the standards apply, to what we are responsible for and ensure that we know when to refer an issue from a contractor to an engineer or when an engineer should be advising an owner.”

Roberts also reinforced the need to follow standards.

One important area to accelerate safety within the industry, he said, is “to increase our compliance with our industry standards.” Roberts believes it’s not only important to improve industry standards, but “to work with our industry associations to ensure that we properly define and illustrate the expectations for proper tower work.”

“But, perhaps most importantly, we need to make sure that we have an attitude that is set in our workforce that anyone can stop, when they feel that level of risk increase, when they feel that level of discomfort, that the best thing to do is stop, just stop and back away from the task, understand it and move forward.”

Erichsen, whose committee writes the consensus standard ANSI/TIA-1019 for the installation, alteration and maintenance of antenna supporting structures, said it’s necessary for workers to be able to “effectively plan and execute the statement of work that is out in the field so the employees know what they should be doing and what their roles are in the process.”

He stressed that engineers and contractors have to be willing to talk to each other and “ask the proper questions. The owners have to make it obvious to all involved that that’s an important part of the process.”

Personal responsibility is emphasized

Kisting focused upon taking personal responsibility as a way to cut down on incidents, deaths and fatalities, and introduced SAUCE, an acronym for Stop, Assess, Understand, Communicate, Execute.

“We as an industry have to recognize that each and every individual in the industry has the obligation and must apply the courage to stop and apply the sauce when it’s necessary,” Kisting said.

Kisting explained, “No matter how good of a job we do at planning, it’s still construction and there are going to be changed conditions.” When these changed conditions occur, workers have to have the courage to stop the work and further assess it, Kisting said.

He strongly believes that through better communications and a better understanding of applicable standards, the industry will see a marked decline in worksite incidents.

The video emphasizes the need for industry executives, engineers, and contractors to ask the tough questions and not be afraid to intervene when necessary.  It also urges workers to stop when concerned about safety conditions – and not continue until those conditions have been improved.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Telecommunications Consortium Teaming with DoL, FCC on Public-Private Workforce Training Initiative

Washington, D.C.  – A consortium of telecommunications companies and industry associations today joined with the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to unveil a public-private partnership aimed at developing apprenticeships to improve workplace safety, address industry workforce needs, and provide workers with greater employment and advancement opportunities.

Testimonials

I just wanted to take a minute of your time to tell you how much I appreciate the effort it took to create the MUTI Solutions Guide that I received from a while back and the updated one I received this morning. This is a wonderful document and very helpful in my daily efforts to ensure quality MW installations on all of our customer sites. Thank you for the effort and the dedication it takes to keep a document like this current.

Larry Alford
Senior Manager Program Management
Aviat Networks

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Bill Porter
Director of Broadcast Engineering
Bradley University

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They had a bad hand dealt to them at J-ville and Bluford. They basically had to adjust that hop on both ends without any fine tune adjustments. You should have heard the way they communicated and handled it. I was totally impressed.

John Oliver
Network Technician
Verizon Wireless

Thanks for the great work you do for US Cellular! We appreciate not only what you do for us but the way you do it with passion towards a well done job!

David Seykota, P.E.
Construction Manager - Midwest Region
U.S. Cellular

I really appreciate how well  MUTI has performed on this project. It’s a pleasure to see a project come in on time and on budget, and I couldn’t be happier with the end result. Thanks!

J. Drew Hoel
City Administrator
City of Tuscola

I just wanted to reach out to all of you at MUTI to say thank you for all your efforts this year.  I am sure that you recognize that things we do are not just helping U.S. Cellular®, but they are changing the industry as a whole.  Congratulations on being such an effective company and I so look forward to the work we will do in the coming year.

Philip Spatafora
Project Manager
U.S. Cellular®

MUTI consistenly exhibits values of an organization that their leaders and associates always have the customer's perspective in mind.

Scott Nelson
Project Manager
U.S. Cellular

MUTI is a professional company and they take pride in their work and more importantly my satisfaction with their work.  They have been very reliable.

Chad McCague
Network Operations Manager
Verizon Wireless

MUTI’s installation practices exceed the manufacturers’ recommendations. The Installation crews are staffed with very knowledgeable and professional individuals that take pride in the services they deliver. My customer and project team have been impressed with the quality of work and the professionalism of the field crews. MUTI’s Project Management Team provides timely status reports and coordinates the field crews to complete the work on time, on budget, and with a focus on customer satisfaction. I have recommended MUTI to my colleagues for upcoming projects and will continue to do so!

Ronald Pender
Senior Program Manager
Aviat Networks Inc.

Once again I just wanted to say thanks. You & your people always respond so quickly & professionally when these little emergencies pop up. It is a relief to know that MUTI is always there when we call & it is greatly appreciated.

Tyler Tomaras
Senior Operations Technician
Verizon

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Ron Pauly
Senior Construction Manager
Verizon Wireless

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US Cellular

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Phil McKenzie
Operations Manager
Verizon Wireless

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