The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) utilizes a variety of different mechanisms in order to promote safety in the workplace. It passes numerous safety regulations, conducts inspections and creates reading material that helps workers to understand their right to a safe workplace. In addition, when OSHA feels the need to communicate with employers regarding a particularly urgent safety matter, the agency sometimes sends affected employers letters directly.
Most recently, OSHA felt the need to send letters to both cellphone tower contractors and businesses which employ cellphone tower contractors and their workforces. The reason that OSHA chose to send urgent letters to these employers is rooted in a recent sharp spike in the rate of fatal accidents involving cellphone tower workers.