PCIA Encourages Members, Wireless Infrastructure Industry to Participate in National Safety Stand-Down

PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association is urging its members and the entire wireless industry to actively participate in this week’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is asking employers to set aside time during the week of May 2-6, 2016 to have an open discussion with their workers about falls and how to prevent them. According to OSHA, falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry.

Last year’s OSHA National Safety Stand-Down was a tremendous success, reaching more than 2.5 million workers. This year, OSHA’s goal is to reach 5 million workers. Anyone who wants to prevent falls in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. In past years, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, trade associations, institutes, worker interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.

“PCIA is proud to support OSHA’s leadership on this issue by promoting this year’s National Safety Stand-Down,” said Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of PCIA. “The OSHA Safety Stand-Down Week serves as a good reminder to the entire industry of the role safety and training plays in preventing injuries on the job.”

As part of National Safety Stand-Down week, OSHA has also developed a Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down webpage that can be accessed on its website.

OSHA is also encouraging companies and workers to share their National Safety Stand-Down stories on social media utilizing the hashtag #StandDown4Safety.