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May 6, 2019 – The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) was honored to kick off National Safety Stand-Down Week with Ford Motor Company and Christman/Brinker, a joint venture comprised of The Christman Company and L.S. Brinker Company, at Michigan Central Station this morning. MIOSHA will focus on fall prevention during this week’s campaign.
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety and strengthen the safety culture at construction sites. Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Michigan and a 3M fall protection specialist gave a fall prevention demonstration to the trade workers at Michigan Central Station.
“The Michigan Central Station is an homage to our state’s proud history and its reconstruction is crucial to our future,” said Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Orlene Hawks. “It’s a perfect project to kick off our efforts to prevent injuries resulting from falls in the workplace.”
Ford is investing $740 million to restore Michigan Central Station and several surrounding properties to create a hub of innovation in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood. The project will bring together approximately 2,500 Ford employees and 2,500 entrepreneurs and partners to shape the future of mobility, including autonomous vehicles, connectivity and new urban mobility solutions. The historic, long-vacant train station will be restored to its original grandeur and serve as the centerpiece of the development as well as a mixed-use space for the general public. Construction management for the Michigan Central Station restoration is being led by Christman/Brinker, a team that has worked together for more than 30 years on multiple iconic projects in the Detroit area.
“Ford is pleased to support MIOSHA’s Stand-Down campaign and ongoing drive for awareness around fall prevention, a key concern in the construction industry,” said David Lerner, Global Risk and Construction Safety Manager, Ford Motor Company. “We believe people are our most valuable asset and there can be no compromise when it comes to safety. Events like this are a great way to encourage transparency and best practices on construction sites and create a safer workplace for everyone.”
During the site visits, MIOSHA staff will give a brief informal presentation to employees at work sites to highlight fall prevention, share related case studies, and offer consultative services.
Several entities are involved with these events including CD Barnes Construction, Walsh Construction, Pioneer Construction, University of Michigan, Granger Construction, Auch Construction, and C.A. Hull.
“The purpose of this week is to educate and consult with employers and employees to prevent falls in the workplace,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “We relish each and every opportunity we have to raise awareness of fall hazards in order to stop falls and save lives.”