Strategic plan: In FY 2008, MIOSHA developed a new five-year
strategic plan to guide enforcement and outreach activities during fiscal years 2009-2013. This is MIOSHA's third plan.
The new plan helps target resources to protect worker safety and health. Previous plans identified injuries,
illnesses, and industries separately. The new plan focuses on specific industries then looks at the most prevalent
injuries and illnesses within each industry.
The overall strategic goals and emphasis areas were developed by the MIOSHA Strategic Plan Implementation
Team. The team reviewed BLS and workers' compensation data, inspection experience, workplace trends, and
other information to identify areas to be covered. Workgroups throughout MIOSHA developed annual strategies.
Stakeholders across Michigan were also asked to provide feedback. A special stakeholder meeting was held April
29, 2008, to hear first-hand from nearly 100 representatives from businesses, employee organizations, universities,
trade associations, and government agencies.
Since implementation of MIOSHA's first strategic plan in 1999, overall trends in injury and illness rates for the
targeted industries and fatalities showed steady decreases. Michigan's overall injury and illness rate has dropped
from 8.1 in 1999 to 5.1 in 2007. MIOSHA program-related fatalities fell from 87 to 31 during that same period.
Fall Protection Initiative: On March 10, 2008, MIOSHA launched an
extensive campaign to alert 8,000 general
industry and construction employers that they must provide appropriate fall protection and training for employees
exposed to fall hazards. MIOSHA initiated the campaign to increase awareness of fall hazards, to highlight the
need for appropriate fall protection, and to help ensure that employees receive the training required by MIOSHA
"Because of the high rate of injuries and fatalities related to fall hazards, reducing these hazards is a priority of
the MIOSHA Program," said MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski. Incidents caused by falls can be anticipated and
prevented. MIOSHA rules for construction and general industry employers require that they address the variety of
fall hazards in their workplace."
Fifteen recent MIOSHA Training Institute (MTI) graduates were recognized by MIOSHA and Macomb Community College officials.
MIOSHA Training Institute (MTI): In fiscal year 2008, MIOSHA implemented a new safety and health training
MIOSHA Training Institute (MTI). Seminars offered through the MTI provide the public an opportunity
to attend a series of programs to achieve Level One and Level Two Certification. Participants
can receive certification in one of two tracks: General Industry Safety and Health, or Construction
Safety and Health. More than 120 courses were offered in FY 2008 throughout the state.
The MTI has quickly become the premier provider of workplace safety and health training in
Michigan. Real-world safety training solutions have been provided to nearly 3,200 individuals
enrolled in the MTI statewide. Since October 2007, 92 students have qualified for Level One
Connecting MIOSHA to Industry: MIOSHA is continuing a very successful initiative, "Connecting
MIOSHA to Industry." The goals are to support proactive safety and health systems, decrease
workplace safety and health hazards, expand partnership opportunities, and increase the competitiveness of
Michigan employers. "Connecting MISOHA to Industry" is increasing our program effectiveness by ensuring that
interventions are educational, informative, and useful.
Pretco Technologies: On July 17, 2008, MIOSHA compliance officers carried out a Cease Operation Order against
Pretco Technologies in Mt. Morris for continuing to run operations without required eye wash facilities, a chemical
safety program, or personal protective equipment. This action stemmed from violations first identified in 2005
because of a complaint inspection. The company failed to submit abatement information and MIOSHA conducted
three follow-up inspections. The company received failure-to-abate citations following each inspection.
In addition to the follow-up inspections, MIOSHA contacted the company on nine separate occasions from 2005
to 2008 to discuss abatement methods and offer help. On each occasion, the firm continued to conduct operations
without the required protections. On July 17, 2008, a return visit to the firm found the violations had yet to
be fixed. During this return visit, the Cease Operation Order was issued. The citations were abated when MIOSHA
visited the facility on July 21, 2008, and the tags were removed.
Severstal Inc.: In November 2008, Severstal Inc. of Dearborn received 152 MIOSHA citations, with proposed
penalties totaling $679,890, alleging the company failed to adequately protect employees from serious safety
hazards. Severstal North America, Inc. is the fourth largest integrated steelmaking company in the U.S. On Jan. 28,
2008, two safety officers conducted an inspection covering the entire blast furnace process. There were 152 violations
found during the inspection: 102 serious, 12 repeat-serious, and 38 other-than-serious. There were multiple
instances of the same violation throughout the blast furnace process area. MIOSHA and Severstal are
negotiating a settlement agreement.
Durant Hotel Project: On Sept. 9, 2008, a crew of 12 employees was working on the seventh and eighth floors of
the Durant Hotel in Flint, removing debris and interior walls. While throwing debris through a window, a 23-yearold
employee fell more than 80 feet from a window opening that was not properly guarded. The employee landed
on a debris pile, and survived the fall with multiple fractures and lacerations.
An employee working on the roof of this five-story building fell to his death through an unsecured roof cover.
Four companies received citations alleging they failed to adequately protect employees from fall hazards, with
proposed penalties totaling $162,000. MIOSHA concluded that the four companies at the site all had responsibility
for the window hazards that caused the accident. Every employer was cited for failure to guard the window
openings. The employer of the injured worker was cited for failure to use a material chute when removing debris
Wayne State University: On June 23, 2008, MIOSHA cited five construction companies $40,350 in proposed
penalties for a fall-related fatality at Wayne State University. A crew was on the roof of a five-story apartment
building being constructed on the WSU campus. A 19-year-old worker fell to his death through an unguarded
floor opening. Because of the MIOSHA investigation, five contractors on site were cited for failure to protect
their workers against fall hazards.
Consultation Education and Training Division (CET) focuses outreach on companies with the greatest
need. During May and June 2008, more than 5,000 letters were sent to Michigan employers offering assistance
through the CET Division. Michigan is required to report its CET activities annually to the Michigan Legislature.
CET Division consultants provided the following outreach services during fiscal year 2008:
Acument Global Technologies − the Holly Operations Gainey Drive facility received the Michigan VPP Star Award on June 20, 2008.
- 3,034 safety and health consultations
- 728 on-site surveys
- 1,187 training sessions, with an attendance of 19,078 participants
The Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) has 27 Star sites and three Rising Star
sites. MIOSHA also has 17
MIOSHA awarded 20 CET Grants in fiscal year 2008, totaling $1 million.
The CET Grant
Program provides additional options for safety and health education and training to
employers and employees.
Michigan Sugar Company: On May 21, 2008, Michigan Sugar Company; the Bakery,
Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM); and
MIOSHA signed a formal partnership to improve worker safety and health at Michigan
Sugar Company facilities.
The Michigan Sugar Partnership was signed by all partners at the company's Bay City headquarters.
This partnership is an outgrowth of a 2005 compliance case in which MIOSHA cited the
company with $277,650 in proposed penalties for seven willful violations and 24 serious
violations at its Caro plant. The partnership covers all Michigan Sugar Company locations
and involves enforcement and compliance staff. Sharing safety and health information
is a key component of the agreement and will help identify emerging issues in the food
Kamminga & Roodvoets: On April 14, 2008, MIOSHA signed their sixth construction partnership with this
contractor around a $3.3 million road construction project that includes sewer and water main construction.
In October 2008, the project was completed with more than 14,900 hours worked and no recordable or
Alliances: The MIOSHA
Alliance program was officially launched in fiscal year 2004 and MIOSHA currently has
17 active alliances. These alliances have generated hundreds of opportunities to improve the worksites
represented by the signing organizations.