Planning Advisory Notice

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The “Planning Advisory Notice” (PAN) is designed to advise and educate the many stakeholders of the industry including tower owners, carriers, broadcasters, general contractors and tower erectors. By promoting the “Planning Advisory Notice”, NATE continues to pursue a culture of safety dedicated to sending every tower worker home safely at the end of the day while ensuring the proper performances of the systems upon which they work. It is the intent that each PAN will allow the stakeholders to understand that quality and safety can only truly be achieved by understanding the Scope of Work and the standards that may apply, and how to apply these standards.

Each PAN consists of a brief synopsis of issues or concerns that are addressed by specific standards. The PAN is not intended to replace the input of a competent person for the subject matter covered; rather it is intended to highlight the standards that raise awareness for all.

The members of the PAN Advisory Group who are involved in writing and researching each PAN topic include Craig Snyder, Jeremy Buckles, John Erichsen, Ken Hill, Michelle Kang, Marianna Kramarikova, and Scott Kisting.

Please visit the links below to access each PAN article featured in Tower Times:

Anchor Bolts: Height Matters

ANSI/TIA 1019-A-2012

Antenna Installations – Mounts and Configurations

Mounts and Inspections

FAA Aviation Obstruction Lighting (Tower Lighting)

A Safe Job Site Is No Accident

ANSI/TIA-1019-A Standard: Roles in the Construction Process

The Safety Climb System

Protecting Guyed Tower Anchors Against Corrosion

Tower Maintenance and Corrosion Prevention

Rigging 101

Capstan Hoists

Introduction to Welding Basics

Welding Discontinuities and Defects

Welding Inspection Tasks – The Role of the Inspector

Why You Can’t Rush a Communications Tower Site Build

Introduction to New Telecommunications Construction Standards: ANSI/TIA-322 and ANSI/ASSE A10.48

Classification of Tower Structures per ANSI/TIA-222-G, IBC and ASCE 7

Rigging Fundamentals 101 (Rigging Hardware & Slings)

ANSI/TIA-222 Maintenance and Condition Assessment of Telecommunication Towers

Who is the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and What Have We Done in the Past, Present and Will Do in the Future?

TIA-TSB-5053 Mount Classification System…What You Need to Know

Insurance Scope of Coverage


What is a Wire Rope Safety Climb for Antenna Supporting Structures

Risk Categorization in Accordance with ANSI/TIA and the 2018 IBC

Twist, Plumb and Tension for Guyed Towers

FAA/FCC Lighting, Marking, and Monitoring Requirements

Roles and Responsibilities

Rope Basics 

Slip Slice Monopoles

Rope and Rigging Compatibility

Rigging Loads and Forces

Horizontal Lifelines

RF Safety

Climber Rescue

PAN-TIF White Paper Release

Considerations for Remediating  an Overstressed Mounts

Sunflower Effect on Monopoles

Roles and Responsibilities

Mount Selection Considerations

An Examination of Changed Conditions as Defined by ANSI/TIA-222-H

Elevating Communication Infrastructure Through the Effective Use of MEWP

Mobile Elevated Work Platforms Part II

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