The Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) Executive Director and CEO, David Biderman, accepted PRECO Electronics’ Excellence in Safety Award at an awards ceremony at SWANA’s headquarters on Thursday.
Tamara Humpherys, PRECO Electronics’ Marketing and Communications Manager presented the award to Biderman and Jesse Maxwell, SWANA’s Advocacy & eLearning Program Manager.
"I am honored to accept this award, on behalf of SWANA’s board, chapters, Technical Divisions and staff, who are all contributing greatly to the success of our expanded safety program,” said Biderman. “Much work remains to be done, and we are excited about our safety events next month in New York City and at SWANApalooza. Nothing we do is more important.”
The Excellence in Safety Award is given annually to honor industry leaders who PRECO believes shows initiative, imagination, and involvement regarding their approach to safety, distinguishing themselves as a voice of safety for the industry.
“It is an honor to present David Biderman with the 2016 PRECO Electronics’ Excellence in Safety Award,” said Humpherys. “David and his team at SWANA are a driving force behind keeping safety front and center in the waste industry on a global scale.”
Refuse and recyclable materials collection remains the 5th most dangerous job in the U.S according to the 2015 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released last month; and there have been at least ten industry-related deaths already this year; these disturbing statistics will be driving forces behind SWANA’s safety efforts in 2017.
To learn more about SWANA’s award-winning safety program, visit swana.org/safety
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