MIOSHA and MLTAI to Host Trenching and Excavation Stand Down Event

Employers and Workers Encouraged to Attend

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June 20, 2019 -  A stand down to raise awareness about – and reduce -- the potential hazards associated with excavations and trenches, hosted by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute (MLTAI), will be held Friday, June 21, 9 am – 12 pm at the MLTAI facility located at 11155 S. Beardslee Rd, Perry, MI, 38872. Click HERE to register.

“We are pleased to leverage our educational resources toward reducing cave-ins and collapses that pose great risks to workers’ lives,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “This stand down emphasizes our mutual commitment with MLTAI to improve workplace safety and health by providing life-saving information to trench and excavation workers.”

Participants will hear presentations from MIOSHA’s Construction Safety and Health Division on a significant case; MISS DIG on “Dig Safe;” MIOSHA’s Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division on CET services; and a worker memorial that will conclude the event. The stand down will be broadcast live at three additional MLTAI locations in Wayne, Iron Mountain and St. Joseph, MI.

Excavation and trenching continue to be some of the most dangerous construction activities. Between 2013-2018 in Michigan, there were six excavation fatalities. For each fatal incident, there are dozens of excavation accidents resulting in serious injuries. MIOSHA has adopted the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s National Emphasis Program on excavation and trenching operations to help prevent future incidents.   

“We are dedicated to providing the highest level of safety training in the construction industry and trench-work is one of the most dangerous jobs performed by our members,” said MLTAI Director Lynn Coleman. “The Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute is proud to partner with MIOSHA to keep workers safe under these hazardous conditions.”

The MLTAI works with local unions and signatory employers by training and mentoring a diverse group of apprentices and journey workers in workplace safety and health issues. It provides ongoing training and education opportunities to its members, minorities, displaced and incumbent workers. For more information about MLTAI, visit: https://mltai.org

The MIOSHA program is a part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Employers are encouraged to contact MIOSHA’s CET Division at 517-284-7720 for additional information and resources.

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