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Comcast Michigan Region and MIOSHA Form Alliance to Protect Workers in the Telecommunications Industry Comcast Becomes First Michigan Business to Form Alliance with MIOSHA

Contact: Lori Donlan 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

January 25, 2006 - Comcast Michigan Region, the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) signed a strategic alliance today to protect the safety and health of workers in Michigan's telecommunications industry.

"We are proud today to sign this formal alliance with the Comcast Michigan Region," said DLEG Acting Director Doug Kalinowski. "Comcast is the nation's largest cable provider and a communications industry leader. They are also a leader in providing a safe and healthy work environment for their employees."

Comcast is the first business in Michigan to sign a formal alliance with the MIOSHA Program to protect their workers. Alliances enable organizations committed to workplace safety and health to collaborate with MIOSHA to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.

"At Comcast, we take very seriously our responsibility to provide a safe working environment for our more than 4,000 Michigan employees," said David Buhl, Comcast Senior Vice President, Michigan Region. "Our alliance with MIOSHA will allow us to continue educating our workforce and cultivate the safest possible work environment."

Signing the alliance were: Ken Flechler, Vice President of Safety Facilities and Compliance, Comcast Corporate Office; David Buhl, Comcast Senior Vice President for the Michigan Region; Marc Broadnax, Director of Safety and Compliance, Comcast Midwest Division; Doug Kalinowski, DLEG Acting Deputy Director; Martha B. Yoder, MIOSHA Acting Director; and Connie O'Neill, Director, MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division.

"We are pleased that Comcast Michigan Region is the first individual employer to sign a formal alliance with MIOSHA," said Yoder. "This alliance offers great possibilities to share best practices and improve worker safety in the telecommunications industry-while at the same time promoting workplace safety throughout Michigan."

Comcast is dedicated to promoting a safe workplace for its employees. The purpose of this alliance is to develop safety and training programs for the telecommunications industry and to strengthen safety awareness for Comcast Michigan's employees and the communities they serve.

The key goals of this alliance include:

  • Support the continuing efforts of Comcast to provide a safe work environment. 
  • Establish industry best practices and industry-related safety programs. 
  • Create and develop training programs specifically for the telecommunications industry in Michigan. 
  • Develop public service announcements promoting safety to subscribers within the Comcast footprint.

Comcast has established a strong safety and health management system that provides the core for their employee protection activities. This is demonstrated in part by Comcast's dedication to implementing comprehensive safety programs covering vehicle accident, facility management and employee injury prevention.

There are many benefits to participating in an alliance with MIOSHA. Through this program, organizations will: 

  • Build trusting, cooperative relationships. 
  • Network with others committed to workplace safety and health. 
  • Exchange information about best practices. 
  • Leverage resources to maximize worker safety and health protection.

For more information about forming an alliance or partnership with MIOSHA, visit the MIOSHA website or contact the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division at 517-322-1809.

Comcast Corporation is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 24.1 million cable customers, 11 million high-speed internet customers, and 2.1 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One and four regional Comcast SportsNets. Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.

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