NATE Star Recognizes Network Installation Specialists (NIS), a NextEdge Company, as One of its Safest Telecom Contractors

NIS is honored to have achieved this award for its 6th consecutive year, and to participate in the prestigious NATE – OSHA – FCC Strategic Partnership.

Watertown, SD; October 2022: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today announced the member companies who have been formally approved to participate in both the NATE STAR Initiative program and the NATE – OSHA – FCC Strategic Partnership for the 2022-2023 year. NextEdge is proud to announce that Network Installation Specialists LLC (NIS), a NextEdge company, has been accepted into both of these programs.

The STAR Initiative program represents the gold standard in the industry and has achieved an elevated level of distinction in the marketplace. Simply put, STAR Initiative member companies are leading the charge in terms of making our industry safer and placing their respective firms in a strong business position with prominent industry customers and vendors.

“NATE extends our congratulations to the distinguished and dedicated group of STAR Initiative companies who have been accepted into the program this year,” said NATE Programs Manager Sandy Jurgens, who provides administrative oversight over the program. “Over the course of the last 12 years, the STAR Initiative Program has been instrumental in driving a sea-change within the industry when it comes to proactive site-safety measures and an overall culture of safety and professionalism within the industry. The Association looks forward to collaborating with the STAR Initiative enrollees in the new program year to continue this trend of enhancing safety at communications infrastructure work sites across the country,” added Jurgens.

“Inclusion in the NATE-OSHA-FCC Strategic Partnership demonstrates a commitment to the highest level of tower site and worker safety,” said NATE Director of Safety, Health & Compliance Kathy Stieler. “As the partnership enters its second year of data collection and analysis, we will be able to continue to identify the benchmarks and trends that are impacting site and worker safety and begin to tackle education programs to address those deficiencies,” added Stieler.

“NIS has prioritized the effort to create a strong culture of safety, because we want our people to get the job done, but we also want them going home to their families every night.  Participating in the NATE Star program for our 6th consecutive year, and being included in the NATE – OSHA – FCC Partnership, is a testament to the hard work of both our Safety Team and all our crews, to take care of each other every day out in the field,”

-Jerry Blake, Sr., VP of Operations, NIS – A NextEdge Company

About NIS and NextEdge: As part of the NextEdge family of companies, NIS builds solutions for intelligent infrastructure, enabling connected communities everywhere. From wireless cell sites to EV charging stations to IoT sensors and beyond, we design and deliver the necessary support for the technologies people use every day. Our teams bring the right approach, experience, and mindset to offer the highest quality of work in the industry. For us, the towers, antennas, sensors, and chargers we build aren’t just pieces of hardware. They’re the essential foundations for people everywhere to thrive.

About NATE Star: The NATE STAR Initiative emphasizes Safety, Training, Accountability and Reliability by asking participants to commit to requisite levels of training, site safety audits and the implementation of safety programs while adhering to industry best practices.

About the NATE – OSHA – FCC Strategic Partnership: The NATE-OSHA-FCC Partnership provides participants the opportunity to work cooperatively with OSHA, FCC and other contractors, to identify the most serious workplace hazards, develop workplace-appropriate safety and health management systems, share resources, and find effective ways to reduce work injuries, illness, and deaths.

Erica Moon
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Erica Moon is the Chief Marketing Officer of NextEdge Networks. She has an extensive career in technology and telecom marketing, and is a longtime fan of the live music scene in her hometown, Austin.