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NATE Webcast Facilitates Owner & Operator Involvement in Tower Safety

Posted 9.17.10
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Recognizing Hazards Saves Lives, Time and Money

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On Wednesday, June 2, 2010, NATE hosted a live industry-wide Webcast that discussed the role of tower owners and operators in tower safety. This event, sponsored by Zurich Financial Services Group, was lead by Don Doty, former NATE Chairman and Board Member and Co-Founder of Doty-Moore Tower Services LLC and David Sams, Director of Risk Management for SBA Network Services, Inc.

Doty and Sams discussed the role and importance of on-site managers in recognizing potential hazards on tower sites and demonstrated NATE’s new Tower Site Hazard Recognition Guide, the Association’s first educational resource designed to educate all facets of the industry on tower safety. The presentation provided a sampling of the best practices provided in the online guide including: jobsite documentation, personal protective equipment, fall protection equipment, training, hoists, and more. This session emphasized NATE’s position that a culture of safety requires involvement from everyone connected to a tower site – owners, operators, general contractors and tower erectors.

Please click on the link below to view a power point of the The Webcast.


Questions and Answers from the Webcast

Q) Does Zurich offer tower insurance?

A) Yes, please specify owners or contractors insurance.

Zurich Financial Services Group is an insurance-based financial services provider that offers owner and contractor insurance options. Founded in 1872, the Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland serving customers in more than 170 countries.

Zurich’s unique construction industry insight, innovative insurance solutions and superior service capabilities helps our customers save lives, reduce their total cost of risk and become better contractors.

Q) Is there a source for sample forms for the site briefings, checklists, etc?

A) Yes, NATE has many of these forms available to NATE Members on our Members Only page, such as the Site Safety Audit Form.

Forms available to non-members include: Qualified Contractor's Evaluation Checklist and the Tower Owner Safety Checklist

Q) Who has the right to shut down a project when a safety issue has been identified?

A) It is industry best practice to allow any person on the work crew, the tower owner or the tower owner’s representative that recognizes a hazard to stop work until the hazard has been corrected or mitigated.

NATE recommends that a competent person should be identified to lead safety on a site. OSHA defines a competent person in 29 CFR 1926.32(f) as “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.” The Competent Person must be identified before work begins.

The definition has two distinct parts: the first — “capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees” — comprises a fairly loose standard that many persons might consider themselves qualified to meet. Common sense would dictate that the competent person must have the knowledge, intelligence, and wherewithal to recognize and identify situations and conditions that put workers at risk. Such competence should also include the ability to predict a hazardous situation. Common sense considerations are necessary but not sufficient to meet OSHA criteria.

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