3M, TIRAP Confer at CTIA to Spell Out Safety Climb System Use

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3M has committed to weekly briefings with members of the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) about its recall of the original tower climber Lad-Saf sleeve. After 30 years of use, the fall protection equipment has been replaced by a redesigned Lad-Saf sleeve, Inside Towers reported last week.

Members of 3M’s Fall Protection Business spoke at the TIRAP executive board meeting held at the CTIA Super Mobility conference in Las Vegas last week. 3M and TIRAP are working together to clarify the proper installation, inspection and use of safety climb systems.

3M pledged support of the Safety Equipment Manufacturers Committee, whose mission is to provide a consensus document for safety climb systems in the telecommunications industry. Several TIRAP board members extended invitations to 3M to collaborate toward the continuing improvement of products engineered specifically for use on antenna supporting structures. 

TIRAP board members also set workforce development goals for the remainder of 2016, and into 2017. Members of the executive board of TIRAP discussed several issues facing the telecom sector and have committed to working towards several workforce development goals.

TIRAP aims to create 450 new apprenticeships by the end of 2017, and identify areas of alignment with other industry-related groups, according to Board Chairman Scott Kisting, who’s also Senior Vice President for Risk & Compliance at Sabre/MUTI.

“TIRAP brings together multiple stakeholders to develop apprenticeship programs that industry members can implement voluntarily in order to empower telecommunications professionals through education and on-the-job training,” said Kisting.

TIRAP executive board members include: Art Pregler, Director of National Cell Site Programs for AT&T; Beau Aero, President and Founder of GME Supply; Dave Anthony, President and CEO of Shenandoah Tower Service; David Sams, Vice President of Risk Management SBA; James Walker Pontius, Director of Network Operations US Cellular; Jonathan Adelstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wireless Infrastructure Association; Laurie Gebhardt, HQ Director of Network Engineering & Operations Support Verizon Wireless; Kelley Dunne, President and Co-Founder of Warriors 4 Wireless;  Paul Roberts, Vice President of Compliance for American Tower Corp.; and Richard Cullum, Manager of Quality Assurance, Engineering and Operations for Crown Castle USA Inc.

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