Safety

At Tilson, safety is our number one value

We work hard to build a culture around safety that emphasizes good habits and establishes cultural norms about how we operate. The goal of our safety culture is accident prevention resulting in zero workplace injuries. We believe this is an achievable goal. Our safety culture revolves around the following cultural characteristics: 

  • Empowerment. If any team member sees anything unsafe, they are both empowered and obligated to speak up and stop work until that unsafe condition is remedied. It’s every employee’s right and responsibility to observe and call out at-risk behavior.
  • Transparency. We analyze and report all safety incidents so that we can all learn from what happened. We do this not to assign blame or punish, but to prevent future accidents. Employees are obligated to report accidents and near misses immediately so we can learn from them.
  • Judgment. Accidents tend to be multi-factor incidents. In addition to whatever ultimately caused the accident, there are usually conditions that contributed to it, such as worker fatigue, insufficient supervision, inexperience, lack of personal protective equipment, or a rushed schedule. Our employees focus on using good judgment to set the right conditions for safety, now and in the future.

 

Our Safety Practices

It is our obligation to our fellow team members and to our customers to watch for at-risk behaviors on the job site, to set the right conditions for safety, and to be open about reporting incidents to prevent future accidents. These cultural characteristics around safety are a daily, ongoing conversation with our management and employees.   

It is also our obligation to ensure that all team members have the training necessary to do their jobs safety. All Tilson field team members are trained in OSHA standards, first aid/CPR, blood borne pathogens, and risk prevention and control techniques. We leverage our National Safety Council membership and a robust health and wellness program to optimize employee health and safety both at home and at work.  Additionally, we are currently developing an apprenticeship program in conjunction with The Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) and the U.S. Department of Labor which emphasizes safety and proper training for telecommunications industry workers. This program is sponsored by the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA). 

The NATE STAR requirements

Tilson’s wireless tower team adheres to standards set by the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), and has been named a NATE STAR participant for seven years in a row. STAR stands for Safety Training Accountability and Reliability. Tilson has made a commitment to the highest levels of tower safety by agreeing to participate in a rigorous regime of training, auditing, and reporting on safety and quality.

  • Provide specific training and certifications to tower climbers and managers in the field.  We have in-house, Comtrain instructors to certify our employees for competent climbing, rescue and rigging
  • Implement a Safety and Health and Accident Prevention Program
  • Ensure that there will be a competent person for health and safety on all job sites at all times
  • Conduct and submit site safety audits for 10% of projects
  • Deploy and abide by various NATE mandated standards, checklists, and reports

 

TIRAP

The Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (“TIRAP”) is a joint venture of telecommunications companies, industry associations and the U.S. Department of Labor (“DoL”) that develops DoL-credentialed apprenticeship programs available to qualified employers for career development of the telecommunications workforce.

The TIRAP’s mission is to partner with stakeholders to promote safety, enhance quality, and enable education and advancement opportunities in the telecommunications workforce that will meet network infrastructure build out needs.

Learn more about TIRAP.

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Meet the team

Charles Webster

Charles Webster

Director of Safety

Chuck is a proven, high-energy safety professional who has achieved results in both industry and construction. He has over 24 years of experience in developing Health & Safety programs, conducting H&S training and providing overall commonsense direction to maximize H&S efforts. Implementation of behavior-based safety programs and establishing best practice, post-incident intervention programs are areas of significant achievement. Chuck was formerly the Director of Safety and Health at Abscope Environmental, Corporate Safety manager at BBL and ArcadisBBL. His ability to mesh safety into operations with always an eye on improving efficiency is a significant asset in our business. Chuck served multiple tours in the Army as an artilleryman, ROTC instructor and Civil Affairs officer, departing the U.S. Army Reserve in 2011. Chuck received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Colorado and his Masters of Science in Safety from the University of Southern California.

Jerrad Avery

Jerrad Avery

Director of Operations

Jerrad Avery serves as Tilson's Director of Operations overseeing the operations across all telecom lines of business. Tilson's Telecom division is highly regarded as an industry standout for innovation and technologically advanced deployment methods. Jerrad implements strategies that support Tilson to scale in a sustainable way by developing leaders, creating business processes with an eye toward the future and driving a culture of operational excellence. He most recently served as Operations Director improving efficiencies through Six Sigma methodologies for a heavy duty truck dealership in the Northwest and Hawaii. Jerrad has a proven track record of leading large, geographically disperse teams during his ten year career as an Army Officer. 

Frank Koury

Frank Koury

National Operations & Safety Manager

Frank Koury serves as a National Operations and Safety Manager for Tilson’s Tower Construction team where he develops and implements safety policies, training programs, and provides guidance to construction teams across the country. With over 24 years of experience in the wireless and tower industries, Frank is passionate about safety and believes in taking a hands-on approach to training so that he can mentor the next generation of Wireless Technicians. He is a Climbing and Rescue Instructor, Rigging Instructor, and National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) Certified Practical Examiner. Prior to joining Tilson, he spent 8 years with CommScope as a Project and Safety Manager and has served as an Infantry Mortarman in the USMC.

Chuck is a proven, high-energy safety professional who has achieved results in both industry and construction. He has over 24 years of experience in developing Health & Safety programs, conducting H&S training and providing overall commonsense direction to maximize H&S efforts. Implementation of behavior-based safety programs and establishing best practice, post-incident intervention programs are areas of significant achievement. Chuck was formerly the Director of Safety and Health at Abscope Environmental, Corporate Safety manager at BBL and ArcadisBBL. His ability to mesh safety into operations with always an eye on improving efficiency is a significant asset in our business. Chuck served multiple tours in the Army as an artilleryman, ROTC instructor and Civil Affairs officer, departing the U.S. Army Reserve in 2011. Chuck received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Colorado and his Masters of Science in Safety from the University of Southern California.

Jerrad Avery serves as Tilson's Director of Operations overseeing the operations across all telecom lines of business. Tilson's Telecom division is highly regarded as an industry standout for innovation and technologically advanced deployment methods. Jerrad implements strategies that support Tilson to scale in a sustainable way by developing leaders, creating business processes with an eye toward the future and driving a culture of operational excellence. He most recently served as Operations Director improving efficiencies through Six Sigma methodologies for a heavy duty truck dealership in the Northwest and Hawaii. Jerrad has a proven track record of leading large, geographically disperse teams during his ten year career as an Army Officer. 

Frank Koury serves as a National Operations and Safety Manager for Tilson’s Tower Construction team where he develops and implements safety policies, training programs, and provides guidance to construction teams across the country. With over 24 years of experience in the wireless and tower industries, Frank is passionate about safety and believes in taking a hands-on approach to training so that he can mentor the next generation of Wireless Technicians. He is a Climbing and Rescue Instructor, Rigging Instructor, and National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) Certified Practical Examiner. Prior to joining Tilson, he spent 8 years with CommScope as a Project and Safety Manager and has served as an Infantry Mortarman in the USMC.