FDH and its broadcast division, Stainless, are industry leaders in safety and training programs. It has played an active role in the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force, which consists of top safety and operations executives representing wireless carriers, tower owners, OEMs, turnkey/construction management firms, and the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE). The Task Force launched the 100% Tie-Off Campaign and continues to collaborate on best practices to achieve safer work environments on tower sites.
FDH has held leadership roles with the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA), the governance arm of the Task Force’s National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard, since its inception in 2015.
FDH is also a founding member of NATE, has actively served on boards since founded in 1995, and has achieved NATE STAR Initiative membership each year, which recognizes companies that represent the industry gold standard for safety, training, accountability, and reliability. For more information on the STAR Initiative and participating companies, visit NATE’s website.
FDH is a member of the 100% Tie-Off 24/7 Awareness Campaign, an industry-wide safety initiative to raise awareness of the 100% tie-off fall protection requirement. FDH is committed to driving home the message that there should be a zero-tolerance policy regarding this law. Many of the accidents that compromise safety in the tower industry involve situations in which the tower technician was not properly tied-off to the structure.
FDH is dedicated to developing career progression paths through advanced certification opportunities that increase safety. FDH tower climbers undergo comprehensive and rigorous training, including both computer and practical examinations. Continuous education and certification is important to protect the workforce and to support the unique needs of the telecommunications and broadcast industry.