MIOSHA eNews - February 2, 2021


COVID-19 Workplace Safety Update

Don’t forget – employers must develop and implement a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.

COVID Response Plan

Visit Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety for a template and more information.

Winter Weather Safety

OSHA Winter Weather - Plan. Equip. Train.

As winter weather is finally upon us, be sure to review and share these resources for cold weather preparedness.

Injury and Illness Reporting Reminder

MIOSHA Log 300

MIOSHA is reminding Michigan employers they are required to post the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2020. The information gathered from these logs greatly benefits employers, workers and MIOSHA in evaluating the safety of a workplace and making the necessary changes to eliminate hazards. 

MIOSHA requires most Michigan employers with 11 or more employees to log and maintain these records and make sure they are available in the event of an investigation.

These records include:

Employers must post the MIOSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) from Feb. 1 to April 30, 2021.

Additional recordkeeping information, including general guidelines, forms and FAQs, are available on the MIOSHA website at www.michigan.gov/recordkeeping.

Virtual National Safety Congress & Expo: March 1-5, 2021

For more than 100 years, safety, health and environmental professionals have turned to this safety event for industry-leading technology, education, networking opportunities and the tried and true products and services needed to stay at the forefront and remain competitive within the industry. The National Safety Council (NSC) is excited to offer the NSC Safety Congress & Expo virtually while also prioritizing the safety of stakeholders during this pandemic environment.

Until we can meet face-to-face, it’s a convenient and affordable way to deliver quality educational programs and safety solutions directly to you. It’s the perfect place to come together to share experiences, to learn new ways of doing business, and explore the innovations that will drive our industry to save lives, from the workplace to anyplace.

  • A community platform to network, share lessons learned and plans for the future.
  • A live and on-demand education platform for safety teams around the world.
  • A trade show just like an in person expo hall to see innovations and make connections to grow sales and profitability.

The cumulative experiences and learning offered are the difference between making the journey to a safer workplace and arriving at the destination; helping safety professionals get to the finish line and achieve their goals. In the fast-changing workplace, they keep you ahead of the curve.

Mark your calendar for March 1-5 and plan to join virtually. See the Preliminary Program to learn all about the show.

Women in Construction Week: March 7-13, 2021

The focus of Women in Construction Week is to highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry. This week also provides an occasion for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC's) thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities.

For more information on Women in Construction Week, reach out to wicweek@nawic.org.

Visit Going-PRO.com to learn more about careers in construction.

Mark Your Calendar: March is National Ladder Safety Month

Every year, over 300 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Mark your calendar to join the American Ladder Institute in celebrating National Ladder Safety Month, designed to raise awareness of ladder safety and decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities.

National Ladder Safety Month is the only movement dedicated exclusively to the promotion of ladder safety, at home and at work. During March 2021, National Ladder Safety Month will bring heightened awareness to the importance of the safe use of ladders through resources, training and a national dialogue. Click HERE to learn more about how to participate and help promote National Ladder Safety Month.

Michigan Worker Deaths of 2020

To date, there have been 59 work-related fatalities reported to MIOSHA in 2020. The information below shares preliminary details about the most recent fatalities reported to MIOSHA which are believed to be covered by the MIOSH Act. The description reflects information provided to MIOSHA at the initial report of the incident and is not the result of the official MIOSHA investigation.

Preliminary summaries of the most recent 2020 incidents:
The 43-year-old staffing coordinator was primarily responsible for staff scheduling. When necessary the employee would fill in at the nurses station, stock supplies, and change out resident oxygen tubes. The employee's last day of work was March 20, she called in sick on March 23, and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 29. The employee died on April 13, 2020, due to complications associated with COVID-19 pneumonia.

A 68-year-old fire fighter tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized on Oct. 3. He was placed on a ventilator on Oct. 10. On Oct. 12, the employee was transferred to an area hospital and while being moved, passed away. The employee was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the department and others have been identified since then through contact tracing.

The victim was a 52-year-old certified nursing assistant (CNA) and provided screening services and patient care. The victim was exposed to patients with COVID-19. The victim contracted COVID-19 and was admitted to the hospital on Oct. 21. The victim passed away due to complications from COVID-19 on Oct. 29, 2020.

A 68-year-old occupational therapist worked with a patient the week of Oct. 12, who later tested positive for the Coronavirus. The employee’s last day of work was Oct. 16, and he became ill the following day with symptoms consistent with that of COVID-19. He later tested positive on Oct. 20, was admitted to the hospital on Oct. 23, and passed away on Nov. 21, 2020.

Michigan Worker Deaths of 2021

To date, there have been two work-related fatalities reported to MIOSHA in 2021. The information below shares preliminary details about the most recent fatalities reported to MIOSHA which are believed to be covered by the MIOSH Act. The description reflects information provided to MIOSHA at the initial report of the incident and is not the result of the official MIOSHA investigation. To report fatalities/catastrophes, call MIOSHA at 800-858-0397.

Preliminary summaries of the most recent 2021 incidents:
A driver did not stop for the work zone and pinned a 56-year-old flagger between two vehicles.

A firm was onsite to service a sticking well rod. A driver was backing the service truck to the well head to set up the equipment and derrick, that was being guided by two employees, when a 31-year-old drilling hand was struck and pinned between the service truck and the well head.

There were 59 MIOSHA-covered deaths in 2020. 2009 saw the lowest number with 24. Every life is precious. Our mutual goal must be that every employee goes home at the end of every shift unharmed.

If you need help or assistance in ensuring your workplace is safe, MIOSHA is here to assist you. The CET Division provides workplace safety and health training and consultations to employers and employees throughout Michigan, free of charge. Contact CET today at 800-866-4674 or request CET services online.

Agency Instruction Issued

Jan. 8, 2021 - Whistleblower Program

Press Releases

Jan. 22, 2021 - Ten employers cited in latest round of COVID-19 workplace safety violations
Jan. 8,
2021 - Eight workplaces fined in latest round of COVID-19 workplace safety citations


Variances from MIOSHA standards must be made available to the public in accordance with Part 12, Variances (R408.22201 to 408.22251). MIOSHA variances are published online at michigan.gov/mioshavariances.

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