Gov. Snyder Proclaims May Workplace Falls Awareness Month
www.michigan.gov/stopfalls provides resources to raise awareness about fall hazards
May 1, 2017 – Gov. Rick Snyder has declared the month of May as Workplace Falls Awareness Month urging Michiganders to use caution and safety measures when working at higher elevations. Nearly half of the 43 fatalities the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) investigated in 2016 were fall-related, occurring largely in the construction and tree-trimming industries.
“Employers can prevent falls by having an effective safety and health management system that includes proper training and protective gear,” said Snyder. “Every fall-related death can be prevented and our goal is to help ensure that Michigan workers go home safe to their families at the end of the day.”
To help prevent fall-related injuries and fatalities in the workplace, MIOSHA launched a comprehensive fall prevention public service campaign and website: www.michigan.gov/stopfalls, which includes, fact sheets, standards, public service announcements, videos, and other informational resources. MIOSHA has put an emphasis on connecting with employer and employee groups to raise awareness about fall hazards to ensure that employers provide and enforce proper safety standards for their employees.
“Our number one priority this year is to stop falls and save lives,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “We urge employers, employees and all Michiganders to utilize MIOSHA’s safety resources. We need everyone’s help to prevent falls and protect our workers.”
To prevent employees from being injured from falls, employers must:
- Plan ahead to identify fall hazards on the job and how to prevent them.
- Provide employees with the appropriate equipment to eliminate the fall hazards.
- Train employees on the fall hazards and the proper use of equipment and safeguards.
- Guard floor openings and unprotected floor edges to prevent falls to lower levels.
MIOSHA’s Consultation, Education and Training (CET) Division is available at no cost to help employers develop a safety and health program and comply with current MIOSHA regulations. Employers can contact CET at 517-284-7720 for a free evaluation of their jobsite. The best time to take advantage of these free services is before an accident happens.
For more information about MIOSHA, please visit www.michigan.gov/miosha.
For more information about LARA, please visit www.michigan.gov/lara.