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MIOSHA hopes to reduce on the job falling deaths

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Last year Michigan had 15 fall-related deaths on the job, 8 of which were related to roofing. It’s an uptick from the year before and reflects a national trend.

Nella Davis-Ray is with MIOSHA. She said falls are the number one cause of work-related fatalities.

“A construction site continually changes so employers have to be very vigilant about the changes that go on day to day, hour by hour.”

Davis-Ray said employers need to make sure workers have the proper safety training.

“One of the things we really would expect employers to do is designate responsibility for workplace safety and health, not just assume the people they hire understand the hazards of the job.”

Davis-Ray said MIOSHA will offer employers a variety of classes to help improve on-site safety and prevent falls.

If you’re interested in taking a class you can find out more at www.michigan.gov/stopfalls

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is launching a campaign to reduce the number of work-related deaths due to falling.

Last year Michigan had 15 fall-related deaths on the job, 8 of which were related to roofing. It’s an uptick from the year before and reflects a national trend.

Nella Davis-Ray is with MIOSHA. She said falls are the number one cause of work-related fatalities.

“A construction site continually changes so employers have to be very vigilant about the changes that go on day to day, hour by hour.”

Davis-Ray said employers need to make sure workers have the proper safety training.

“One of the things we really would expect employers to do is designate responsibility for workplace safety and health, not just assume the people they hire understand the hazards of the job.”

Davis-Ray said MIOSHA will offer employers a variety of classes to help improve on-site safety and prevent falls.

If you’re interested in taking a class you can find out more at www.michigan.gov/stopfalls