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Episode 17-Safety and Reliability in the Wireless Tower Industry with Wade Sarver

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Overview: In this episode Wade Sarver and I talk about the wireless tower industry, some of the operational and safety challenges faced by tower crews, and the importance of leadership and its relationship to near-miss reporting and safety. Wade’s Bio: Working in wireless for over 25 years, over 10 years tower climbing, Wade has been part of the wireless revolution and seen all types of wireless deployments, problems and solutions. That is why was created. To serve the wireless communications industry with a blog and podcast to help wireless deployment teams, engineers and installers as well as business owners, learn from past mistakes and improve. It became Wade’s mission to improve work processes and safety for wireless field workers.  Show Notes: OSHA isn’t on the jobsite to simply shut a job down. They are there to help. The tower industry needs to educate regulators about the problems they experience. Regulators create baseline safety regulations, and there needs to be a relationship between industry and regulatory bodies so a constructive dialogue about safety can occur. In the tower industry near-misses are not recorded enough because people are afraid of getting in trouble. However, if near-misses can be recorded learning can occur to make operations safer in the future.  Organizations may benefit from anonymous near-miss reporting systems, which may help workers feel more comfortable reporting. If tower companies or any organizations want to learn and improve they have to establish a relationship that fosters open communication between workers, managers and leaders. When an accident occurs even if human error was a causal factor, there were likely system factors that influenced the human behavior. Organizations need to build in layers of resources in order to create safer systems. Cost cutting measures that reduce the ability of organizations to spend adequate money on resources can reduce layers and levels of safety.  “What we permit, we promote.” If leaders are pretending unethical things aren’t happening and turn their backs on unethical procedures, this is like telling workers that it is permissible to perform those unethical practices.  Sign up for our Newsletter here, or go to: Resources:  Wade Sarver’s books: Scope of Work Overview: A high level overview of the Wireless SOW.  Field Worker's Aid for Tower Site Work, Wireless Deployment Handbook: LTE Small Cells, CRAN, and DAS Edition Tower Climbing: An Introduction: Wade4Wireless (by Wade and Jodi Sarver) Other books:  Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Patterson, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin Contact:  Follow the wireless deployment blog at or listen to the podcast:  iTunes Stitcher : Wade works to keep you up to date with the latest wireless information! Feel free to email Wade at for more information.  Keywords: Disruptive leadership podcast, safety podcast, leadership podcast, safety innovation podcast, high-reliability organizations podcast, HRO podcast, tower safety, wireless safety​​