Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Preventing workplace fall injuries, fatalities
Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
May 18, 2018 – As part of the recent National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) along with construction employers and workers across the state held stand-down events to raise awareness about preventing workplace fall injuries and fatalities.
“MIOSHA is pleased with the largest response ever from Michigan workers and employers during National Stand-Down week,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “Every workplace fall fatality can be prevented. Educating and training on construction job sites is critical to stopping falls and saving lives. We all can proactively help protect our workers.”
Falls continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers across the nation. As Michigan enters the construction season, MIOSHA is reminding employers and workers of the importance of fall prevention by using these stand-down events to educate and train employees and contractors on fall protection best practices.
MIOSHA will continue its outreach efforts throughout the year to reach as many Michigan workers as possible and spread the message about the MIOSHA Stop Falls. Save Lives. campaign that focuses on fall prevention.
MIOSHA’s Consultation, Education and Training (CET) Division is available to help employers develop a safety and health program to 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.
Here are photos of the stand-down safety events held statewide:
For more information about MIOSHA, please visit www.michigan.gov/miosha.