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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A conversation with TIRAP’s chief on human dignity and following industry standards

A conversation with TIRAP’s chief on human dignity and following industry standards

In Featured News by Wireless Estimator September 22, 2015

Although Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program Chairman Scott Kisting embraces every opportunity available that will assist wireless technicians in working safer, he believes that there are two key components that ride above all others: human dignity of all within the workforce and the proper awareness, planning, education and application of existing standards.

 

While there are many people at work trying to ensure that the industry provides a safe work environment, many of the conversations that are discussed, such as anchor points, inspections, maintenance, design changes and others are important, but there are two core issues that must be addressed above all, Kisting explained to Wireless Estimator in an interview.

“As we are well aware, most of the damage to towers, equipment and appurtenances occurs at the hands of contractors that do not understand the standards and how it applies to their scope of work or how to communicate properly with the clients to inform them of the onsite conditions experienced during various installations,” Kisting said.

“Very seldom have I ever run into a situation in my career where I was unable to work with the client to help them understand the standards and work to a solution that safely resolved the issue in accord with the standards.”

“Currently, there are a great number of people that are working towards the increased awareness of the standards and their application. It is my hope that as an industry we will recognize our areas of responsibility and work to become better informed in those areas,” Kisting said.

“Secondly, I believe that it is critical to address the human dignity of all within our workforce,” he said.

“If we don’t respect the dignity of ourselves and others we really don’t have an effective starting place that will lead to the conversation and resolution of the issues we face.”

“When we look at some of the deaths that have occurred it seems that the PPE or other equipment is in place, but it does not appear it was properly utilized.  It seems to me that we must do a better job as an industry to convey to the men and women that work in wireless how important they are to the industry and to the American people.”

“Think of it this way,” Kisting explained. “Twenty years ago the cellular phone was a luxury service; that is simply not the case anymore.  Wireless telecommunications has become a necessary and essential means of communication. We are using this service to compete in more effective manners on a global scale while providing a means to be more efficient in most every area of our daily lives.”

“In the case of a disaster, the restoration of wireless communication is critical in the endeavor to restore the affected area and to facilitate rescue. When we think of all these great things that occur every day in this country because of what these men and women do we have to take pause and think of how to convey our thanks, support and recognition of the dignity of each of these men and women. We should all seek to help them plan their work daily so that it is done in a safe, quality and effective manner,” said Kisting.

When safety issues arise, Kisting said the industry should be willing to understand and work through those concerns in a manner that helps workers address the problem and deliver a work product that they are proud of.

“When we hold people accountable for their actions it is then that we will correct the second of what I believe are the two core issues to address allowing the industry to have a quality work product in the safest manner.”

“There is a quote that goes along the lines of ‘get the first things first and the rest will follow.’ This is where I think we are as an industry.  It is not as simple as stopping some of the other meritorious conversations, but my suggestion is that we as an industry frame these conversations around these two basic issues,” Kisting said.


Scott Kisting will be speaking at the 2015 Environmental, Health & Safety International Communications conference on Thursday in Los Angeles, Calif.

He is the Senior Vice President for Risk & Compliance for Midwest Underground Technology. He was a Subject Matter Expert for the OSHA Training Institute and continues to work with members of ANSI/TIA as well as other committees in support of education in the industry.

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Wednesday, September 09, 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.

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

Wednesday, October 15, 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.

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Sabre Industries Announces Acquisition of Midwest Underground Technology, Inc. (MUTI)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sabre Industries Announces Acquisition of Midwest Underground Technology, Inc. (MUTI)

Alvarado, TX - Sabre Industries, Inc. (“Sabre”) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Midwest Underground Technology, Inc. (“MUTI”), a leading provider of infrastructure services to the telecommunications industry. As a result of Sabre’s acquisition of MUTI, Sabre is now the only integrated provider capable of offering a single, turn-key infrastructure solution with both products and services to telecommunications customers across the United States.

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NATE 2013 Educational Session: Proper Microwave Antenna Installations

Thursday, November 01, 2012

NATE 2013 Educational Session: Proper Microwave Antenna Installations

Thursday, February 19 • 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Dale Heath, CommScope
Scott Kisting, MUTI

Industry mistakes or lack of proper microwave antenna installation procedures cause failures to performance, and without backhaul you do not have service. One dropped call is the difference between a 911 call going through or not. There have been catastrophic failings with microwave antenna installations or proper supporting resulting in antenna plummeting to the ground with tremendous damage. The lack of proper planning and knowledge, which are considered to be key contributors to performance issues, will be addressed.

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2012 INC 500/5000 List

Thursday, September 06, 2012

2012 INC 500/5000 List

MUTI makes the list for the 6th consecutive year!

Most recently MUTI has earned the position of 3,891 on the 2012 Inc. 5000, Inc.'s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

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MUTI and SBS are pleased to announce their partnership

Thursday, May 17, 2012

MUTI and SBS are pleased to announce their partnership

MUTI (Midwest Underground Technology, Inc.) and SBS (Southern Broadcast Services, Inc.) are pleased to announce the partnership of the two companies. Jim Coleman, Betty Ann Coleman and Darrin Peters are the founding members of this new Limited Liability Corporation based in Pelham, AL titled Southern Broadcast Services, LLC. The intent of the partnership is to further each companies geographical reach and bandwidth while maintaining a mutual goal of providing excellent customer service and a quality product to its clients. Collectively, the companies will employ over 180 seasoned workers housed within 5 office locations spread throughout the Midwest and Southeastern United States. Mr. Peters will be the Manager of the new Corporation, Mr. Coleman will be the President, and Betty Ann Coleman will be the Area Director for the SE Region it will serve.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

2011 INC 500/5000 List

MUTI makes the list for the 5th consecutive year!

Most recently MUTI has earned the position of 3787 on the 2011 Inc. 5000, Inc.'s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. 

Friday, February 04, 2011

Technical Services Division

MUTI opens Technical Services Division

Champaign, IL - MUTI opens a new Technical Services Division, which will be lead by MUTI’s President/CEO Darrin Peters, along with industry veterans Geoff Bennett and Scott Kisting.  The new division further solidifies the company’s commitment to provide its customers with a complete portfolio of turn-key telecommunications services.  It will provide a wide variety of new services including, but not limited to the following: Full Turn-key Microwave Installation, Cellular/Microwave Equipment Upgrades/Removals & Testing, T1/T3 Installation & Testing, Battery Plant Installation, Annual Site PM Inspections, Technical Services Training, Network Integration, and much more.  Please contact MUTI at 217-819-3040 for a complete listing of services.

 
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