MIOSHA and Operating Engineers Local 324 Journeyman & Apprentice Training Fund, Inc. Sign Alliance to Protect Workers

Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280

November 2, 2012 - The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324 Journeyman & Apprentice Training Fund, Inc. (OE JATF) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) signed a formal alliance today to improve the safety and productivity of Michigan workers that are affected by changes in the crane regulation. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).


"We are pleased to join with the OE JATF to protect our working men and women," said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. "This Alliance offers great opportunities to provide needed training and help create safer and healthier workplaces throughout Michigan."


The Alliance formalizes a working relationship between OE JATF and MIOSHA to educate the construction industry on the newest Crane and Derrick Standard. Workers will receive the same interpretation of these standards in order to create a safer work environment. The "Target Audience" for this Alliance is 16,000 apprentices and journeymen; along with project owners, signatory contractors, construction management, site supervision, associations and their workers that perform work with Operating Engineers. 


Signing the Alliance were: IUOE Local 324 Business Manager Douglas Stockwell, OE JATF Chairman Ryan Dunn, OE JATF Training Director Lee Graham, OE JATF Crane Instructor Scott Lamb, OE JATF Crane Instructor Keith Smith, MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder, MIOSHA Deputy Director Bart Pickelman, Consultation, Education & Training Division Director Nella Davis-Ray and Safety & Health Program Manager Sherry Scott.


"I am really excited about this Alliance between MIOSHA and OE JATF because it will help improve the quality of training for every student that attends classes with us. Increasing the value of our students' skills on the job site increases the competitiveness of Local 324 and our signatory contractors in the market place," said Graham. "I believe the alliance will help our participants to become safer and more productive Operating Engineers."


The purpose of this Alliance is to protect the safety and health of Michigan Operating Engineers, as well as work with employers and management to improve safety in the workplace. The key goals of this Alliance include:

  • Produce safer, better trained Operating Engineers. 
  • Increased awareness of the MIOSHA Part 10 Lifting and Digging Regulation for project owners, project managers, site supervision, signatory contractors and their workers. 
  • Increased involvement and cooperation between MIOSHA and OE JATF.


Alliances enable organizations committed to workplace safety and health to collaborate with MIOSHA to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Alliances are open to all groups, including: trade or professional associations, businesses, labor organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies.


There are many benefits to participating in an alliance with MIOSHA. Through this program, organizations will:

  • Build trusting, cooperative relationships.
  • Network with others committed to workplace safety and health.
  • Exchange information about best practices.
  • Leverage resources to maximize worker safety and health protection.


"The MIOSHA program is dedicated to working with employers, both public and private sector - to find innovative ways to enhance workplace safety and health," said Yoder. "Through alliances, MIOSHA can offer employers a voluntary, cooperative relationship to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of safety and health."


The OE JATF provides continuing education opportunities for new and experienced operating engineers. It is dedicated to providing a new generation of highly skilled construction trade workers for Michigan's burgeoning job market. The OE JATF helps supply a steady stream of highly trained, skilled and qualified candidates to construction sites all over Michigan. Training programs allow Apprentices to become comfortable maneuvering heavy equipment before moving to assigned tasks. Apprentices learn on a variety of high-tech equipment including cranes, scrapers, excavators, bulldozers and graders. The OE JATF provides an active placement service to its apprentices. The purpose of the International Union of Operating Engineers is to represent its members in their employment and to negotiate a contract that improves wages, benefits, and working conditions.


For more information about forming an alliance or partnership with MIOSHA, please check our website at www.michigan.gov/miosha or contact the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division at 517-322-1809.


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