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Eligibility & Requirements

NATE encourages all eligible members to take part in this program and show their continued dedication to tower climber safety. Here is a quick look at the requirements of the program.

Eligibility

The NATE STAR Initiative is open to all NATE members who employ tower climbers, including:

  • tower erection, service and maintenance companies; and
  • other NATE member companies whose work involves employees climbing towers.

The program is also open to NATE member companies who subcontract their tower work to tower service companies. Such companies include:

  • Tower owners;
  • Carriers; and
  • General contractors.

NATE Member Requirements

Participating NATE members must agree to:

Requisite Levels of Training

Tower related OSHA 10-Hour Training, or its equivalent, is required for all personnel who will be working on a tower site. OSHA 30-Hour Training, or its equivalent, is required for anyone operating in the capacity of a supervisor or competent person on site. All personnel who will be working at heights of six feet or more above the ground must be trained in fall protection that meets or exceeds the NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard (NATE CTS).

Implementation of a Safety and Health Program

All applicants must have a safety and health program in place that meets or exceeds the standard established by the Fourth Edition of the NATE Accident Prevention, Safety & Health Program Guide.

Presence of a Competent Person

A competent person for safety and health must be on site at all times.

Conduct and Submit Site Safety Audits*

The site safety audit form provides a comprehensive checklist to enhance safety in ten specific areas as defined by the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety & Health (ACCSH) under NATE’s guidance. A competent person from the participating company must conduct site safety audits each quarter and submit them to the NATE office via the NATE website at www.natehome.com. Audits must be submitted for 10% of a company’s projects, or 6 audits per quarter, whichever is less.

 *Tower owners & carriers are not required to submit site safety audits.

Complete List of Requirements

For a complete list of requirements please refer to the sample application/agreement forms below. These application forms are for reference only. The enrollment period for the NATE STAR Initiative is open annually July 1 - August 31. If you would like to apply, you must do so under the homepage of the Member Login Section.

NOTE: While STAR stands for Safety, Training, Accountability and Reliability, NATE will not be providing the actual training for your employees. As always, training employees to meet the necessary standards for safety remains the responsibility of their employer. It also should be noted that participating companies must adhere to the applicable requirements found in the Telecommunications and Broadcast Tower Inspection Checklist.

Program Enrollment

The enrollment period for the NATE STAR Initiative is open annually July 1 - August 31. At that time, NATE members who would like to participate in the program are required to complete an application form and submit it to the NATE office.

The applications will then be reviewed, processed and approved by NATE. NATE will send certificates to the approved companies. The STAR Initiative year officially begins on October 1 and runs through September 30.

The first quarterly audits are due from all partnering companies (excluding tower owners and carriers) on December 31.

The quarterly audit cycle is:

  • October 1 - December 31              Audits due December 31
  • January 1 - March 31                    Audits due March 31
  • April1 - June 30                            Audits due June 30
  • July 1 - September 30                   Audits due September 30

Conclusion

The NATE STAR Initiative offers NATE members an opportunity to demonstrate their dedication to a higher level of safety. NATE encourages all eligible members to consider participating in this process. Together we can continue to pursue our most important mutual goal -- to ensure that tower climbers go home safely at the end of the day.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kayley Wiseman at the NATE office at tel: 605-882-5865 or 888-882-5865 (U.S.) or email kayley@natehome.com.

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