Labor and Economic Opportunity
Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-335-LARA (5272)
April 3, 2019 – The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is enhancing its educational, outreach, and inspection efforts to curb roadway worker accidents in Michigan.
“Accidents in or near the roadway are both a statewide and national problem,” said Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Director Orlene Hawks. “The renewed outreach and regulatory emphasis on these types of accidents and fatalities will raise public awareness and provide resources and information to our industry partners on best practices and ultimately keep Michigan workers safe.”
Roadway accidents often include vehicular incidents that most commonly occur on construction sites. They can also result from collisions between ongoing traffic and crossing guards, tow-truck operators, police officers and operators of garbage or recycling trucks.
Nine of the 38 workplace fatalities in Michigan in 2018 were incidents involving workers being struck by vehicular equipment.
“We are seeing an increase in roadway accidents in Michigan,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “This campaign will attempt to combat this emerging trend by concentrating our workplace safety efforts to prevent these tragic and preventable fatalities and accidents.”
The new State Emphasis Program (SEP) on roadway accidents will increase the priority of inspections related to construction roadway safety and initiate inspections upon observing a roadway project with workers present. The purpose of these inspections is to evaluate worker exposure to safety and health hazards associated with roadwork.
Additionally, MIOSHA is in the process of implementing an outreach plan that includes a public service campaign to raise awareness on the issue by providing trainings for employers and employees and further enhancing resources and consultative services.
The roadway SEP will be in effect from April 1 – December 31, 2019.