Labor and Economic Opportunity
February 28, 2006 - The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Masonry Institute of Michigan, Inc., signed a formal alliance on Feb. 22nd to protect the safety and health of Michigan's masonry and construction industry workers. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG).
The construction industry is one of the most hazardous industries in Michigan. Only about four percent of Michigan's workforce is employed in construction-however, construction fatalities account for nearly 50 percent of all fatal workplace accidents.
John Robovitsky, President, Masonry Institute of Michigan; and Doug Kalinowski, Director, MIOSHA Program; signed the alliance. Also participating in the signing were several members of the Institute's Board of Trustees: Ed Davenport, 1st Vice-President, Davenport Masonry; Larry Durkin, Treasurer, Durkin & Company Contractors; Kyle Lochonoic, Wall Bracing Committee Chairperson, Davenport Masonry; and Daniel Zechmeister, Executive Director, Masonry Institute of Michigan.
"We are proud to sign this alliance, which makes worker safety priority number one in the masonry industry," said Kalinowski. "This proactive partnership between labor, industry and government, provides us with the unique opportunity to foster safe and healthy workplaces with Institute members."
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.
"The signing of the alliance today is a significant move for all of us in setting a standard for safety in the masonry industry. Working together will allow for easier and quicker strides to creating a safer workplace for all," said Robovitsky.
The goals of this alliance include, but are not limited to:
Since its inception in 1958, the Masonry Institute of Michigan, Inc. has been dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the masonry industry. The Institute provides information to the industry and to the public. The Institute's goal is to promote quality masonry, quality masonry units and materials, functional and efficient designs, and quality workmanship.
The objectives of the Masonry Institute of Michigan are:
The Institute has 210 active member companies, and includes the following masonry industry members: mason contractors, brick producers/suppliers, block producers/suppliers, cement producers, stone producers/suppliers, accessory suppliers, and associate informational members.
There are many benefits to participating in an alliance with MIOSHA. Through this program, organizations will:
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.