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NATE Releases Climber/Rescuer Training Standard Video

Posted on: March 4, 2024 Category: NATE News

For Immediate Release:
March 5, 2024

Video is the First to Debut in Volume 7 of the Association’s Popular #ClimberConnection Series


(Watertown, SD) – NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today unveiled a video shining a spotlight on the NATE Climber/Rescuer Training Standard (CRTS).

The NATE CRTS is intended to provide guidance in standardizing fall protection and rescue training for climbers in the tower and communications infrastructure construction, service, and maintenance industries. ­ The NATE CRTS is available in electronic format for free to NATE member companies and for purchase for stakeholders representing non-members.

The #ClimberConnection video, the first to debut in Volume 7 of the popular series, conducts a deep dive into the CRTS, presenting a series of training topics, establishing a minimum baseline of knowledge and skill that a climber should possess. The CRTS training topics include an evaluation, intended to help an employer designate personnel initially as authorized climbers/rescuers and for personnel with sufficient knowledge, skills, and experience, as competent climbers/rescuers. ­The CRTS also offers guidelines to support an employer’s development and maintenance of its fall protection program to comply with the ANSI/ASSP A10.48 standard and regulations where work is conducted.

“This video does a great job of breaking down the importance of employers structuring their training to the guidelines outlined in the NATE CRTS with specific emphasis on the specific rescue types, techniques, and equipment utilized in the industry,” said Justin Miller of Ontivity. “I would strongly encourage all companies to adhere to the NATE CRTS protocols in their respective training programs,” added Miller.

Click HERE to watch the NATE CRTS #ClimberConnection Video. NATE encourages tower technicians, contractor companies, tower owners, wireless carriers, public safety communications officials and all communications infrastructure stakeholders to actively take part in this campaign by posting the video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection.

The Association also encourages industry workers to subscribe to NATE’s YouTube Channel and share their comments on the video through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, X and YouTube platforms.

NATE members can access the CRTS document for free in the members-only Safety Resources section of the Association’s website. Non-member companies can purchase the NATE CRTS at the following link:

The #ClimberConnection Volume 7 campaign is designed to supply education on timely topics directly to the industry’s workforce. For more information on NATE, visit


About NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association

NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association is a non-profit trade association dedicated to providing a unified voice for companies in the diverse tower and communications infrastructure industries. It is recognized as the tower industry leader in promoting safety, standards, and education. Today, the Association boasts approximately 1,075 member companies (mostly small businesses) that construct, service or maintain hundreds of thousands of communications towers and next generation networks throughout the United States and 12 other countries.

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