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MTA News Bytes

May 20, 2016

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

>> Register Today for MTA's Golf Event!

Peer Group Bulletin

>> MTA Peer Group 2016 Investment Opportunities

Safety Corner

>> Safety Bytes

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

Jacquie Durant
Event Planners:
Julie Cygan
Carissa Wolf
Member Services:
Jeanne DeMartino
Anna Wrisky
Administrative Assistant:
Anne Christensen

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Meetings and Events

Peer Group Investment Opportunities Open for 2016. View Details

July 11, 2016: MTA's Golf Day Event

March 27-29, 2017: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show

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MTA Updates


MTA Golf Day

Register Today for MTA’s Golf Event!

Monday, July 11, 2016 at the Crow River Golf Club in Hutchinson, MN.

This year’s event will again be held at the Crow River Golf Course in Hutchinson, MN.

Registration is $150 per player or $45 for the reception only. Don’t forget to bring extra cash for the chance board fundraiser!

>> Sign up your team or register as an individual online.

Interested in sponsoring Golf Day?

Now accepting golf sponsors! Visit the MTA Golf Day Sponsor Page for complete details and registration.


Peer Group Bulletin
All MTA members are welcome to join a Peer Group

MTA Peer Group 2016 Investment Opportunities Open!

MTA’s core purpose is to enhance the success and viability of its telecommunications industry members. You are an important part of helping us fulfill this mission. Here is your opportunity to maximize the impact of your event sponsorships for 2016.

Download the 2016 Peer Group Investment Opportunities for full details

Sponsor a Peer Group: Sign Up Online!

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Safety Corner

Safety Bytes

Railway Safety Action Plan?

One of our MTA Safety Member Companies received an email from BNSF Railways recently notifying them that they had not filed a Safety Action Plan. The Telco had earlier applied for a permit from BNSF for a crossing, which more than likely precipitated the correspondence. The body of the email received is included below:

“After reviewing our database we found that your company does not have a Safety Action Plan uploaded for 2016. This is now required at Please login to your account and complete a Safety Action Plan within the next seven days. Thanks so much.”

According to BNSF, the purpose of the Safety Action Plan (SAP) is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions and be prepared in event of a workplace emergency. BNSF Railway CONTRACTORS ARE RQUIRED to complete a BNSF Railway Contractor Safety Action Plan. The Safety Action Plan Form is available for download at

The Telco along with MTA Safety Program Staff reviewed the SAP Form along with the Supplement to the BNSF Safety Management System document to determine what information and documentation is required. The Training and Policies that the MTA Safety Program have provided to member Companies does support the provisions of Training Programs & Regulatory Compliance (Section 6) of the BNSF Safety Action Plan.

The MTA feels it would be best if Telcos submit a standard response to requests such as these to eliminate confusion while providing an acceptable Plan. The MTA Safety Program extends an offer of assistance in completing a Safety Action Plan with BNSF or any other Entity that may request one from your Company. We are developing a matrix for the BNSF’s Safety Action Plan to help Companies respond in a standard manner.

The Telco above has uploaded its completed Safety Action Plan and is awaiting a response from BNSF; we’ll keep you posted.

If you have any questions or need any additional information or assistance regarding this, please do not hesitate to let us know. 

Take Care
Dan Berg M.S.
Senior Safety Consultant

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