NATE Receives U.S. Department of Labor Grant for 4th Consecutive Year


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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced yesterday that it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA to receive a $150,000 Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training Grant for the 2018-2019 program year. The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis. Awards are issued annually based on Congressional appropriation.

The topic of the training program to be developed by NATE is Fall Prevention in the Construction Industry, with an emphasis on Advanced Rigging Concepts training.

The Advanced Rigging Concepts curriculum will be tailored specifically to the communication tower industry and include detailed instruction on advanced industry rigging principles, workers need to know such as synthetic rope, rope inspection, rigging plans, rigging safety factors, lift systems, forces, equipment components, rigging classifications and qualified rigger responsibilities per the ANSI/ASSE 10.48 Standard.  Additionally, the training will include information regarding employee and employer rights and responsibilities under the OSH Act of 1970, whistleblower complaint procedures and protection provisions.

“NATE is excited to once again be the recipient of the Susan Harwood Training Grant,” said Controller Kari Stein. “Through this grant, the Association’s subject-matter experts will serve the needs of the industry by developing a comprehensive Advanced Rigging Concepts Curriculum,” added Stein.

As a result of receiving the Harwood grant, NATE plans to host 12 Advanced Rigging Concepts Training Courses throughout the country in 2019. NATE projects that a minimum of 312 employers and employees will receive Advanced Rigging Concepts training through this grant.

For information about the fiscal year 2018 Susan Harwood Training Grant Program recipients, visit HERE.

October 3, 2018