Man working on I-94 construction project killed by bulldozer
JACKSON COUNTY, MI – A man was killed by a bulldozer while working on the I-94 construction project near the northbound U.S. 127 interchange in Jackson, police say. Police and rescue crews were called at 9:34 a.m. Tuesday, March 1 to the area of Shirley Drive near Clark Street for a report of a construction accident, according to the Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety. Officers arrived and found a construction worker, 35, of Jackson, had been run over by a bulldozer and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The man and the operator of the bulldozer were both employees of Dan’s Excavating which was contracted to work on the I-94 Michigan Department of Transportation project at that location. Since it was a workplace accidental death, MIOSHA has been notified, police said.mlive.com
Judge wants more information on Flint bone scan facility before ruling on water crisis settlement
FLINT, MI -- A federal judge wants to know more about a bone-scanning facility that measured the lead in Flint residents’ bodies before making a final decision on whether to approve a historic $641-million civil settlement related to the city’s water crisis. Napoli Shkolnik established the Flint bone scan clinic to measure the lead in the bodies of its Flint clients after the settlement agreement it helped draft provided bigger payouts to residents whose bones showed elevated levels of lead. Reynolds asked Levy to allow him to supplement his objections to the bone scans after a Detroit Free Press report based on MIOSHA documents. The report said thousands of Flint residents were put at potential risk because bone scans were performed before the devices were registered with the state and before recommended safety measures were put in place at the Flint clinic. Reynolds’ motion said he has evidence that contradicts previous representations made to the judge regarding the safety of the bone scans as well as the scope and findings of a MIOSHA investigation into the Flint clinic.mlive.com
Unvaccinated Michigan workers are still required to wear masks – here’s how employers must enforce it
Workers can return to offices, cleaning requirements have been lightened and vaccinated employees no longer have to mask up or social distance, per Michigan’s newest COVID-19 workplace safety rules. “Today, we are here to talk about Michigan getting back to normal – back to work, as we emerge from this pandemic together,” Whitmer said. Vaccinated workers also don’t have to maintain 6 feet of distancing, anymore. Michigan leaders had planned to create permanent COVID-19 rules for when the emergency rules expired, but decided last week to abandon such plans. Throughout the pandemic, MIOSHA has required businesses to have employees work remotely when feasible.mlive.com
3 takeaways from Whitmer briefing: Restaurant photo outrage, workplace rules, Michigan’s current state
During a Monday briefing, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talked about the outrage stemming from a photo of her at a restaurant, the new return-to-work rules and Michigan’s overall standing in terms of COVID-19 and unemployment.
State’s plan to reopen Michigan brings hope to struggling businesses
“We can all throw some burgers on the grill, catch a Tigers game and hit the lake with our friends. We can enjoy our Michigan summer,” said Willpower Fitness Group owner William McCray. “I’m happy, I’m ecstatic and I think we’re moving in the right direction.”
Business groups urge Michigan governor to let offices reopen for in-person work
Gretchen Whitmer to let employers reopen their offices for in-person work rather than lengthen a coronavirus-related restriction set to expire in mid-April. AdThe rules require employers to have a written coronavirus preparedness and response plan, and they outline infection-control, screening and other practices. Sean Egan, the state's director of COVID-19 workplace safety, welcomed the business community's feedback and noted that the workgroup is being established. But he also said the regulations do not prohibit in-person work. Whitmer spokesman Bobby Leddy said while many Michiganders already are going to work, some jobs do not require in-person work — which maximizes safety during the virus outbreak.
23 Michigan employers cited for violating COVID, general safety rules, state says
was fined $2,000 for violation of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including lack of social distancing, and lack of face coverings when workers could not consistently maintain six feet of social distancing. Total penalties including other workplace violations were $3,600. was fined $2,000 for violation of COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including lack of social distancing, and lack of face coverings when workers could not consistently maintain six feet of social distancing. Total penalties including other workplace violations were $3,600. Information about workplace safety requirements for Michigan employers can be found online hereTo report health and safety concerns in the workplace, go to Michigan.gov/MIOSHAcomplaint.
State cites 20 Michigan businesses for violating COVID, general safety rules
Total penalties, including other workplace violations, were $1,400. Total penalties, including other workplace violations, were $1,400. Total penalties for other workplace violations were $800. Total penalties for other workplace violations were $800. Information about workplace safety requirements for Michigan employers can be found online here.
Michigan House of Representatives under investigation for possible workplace violations
DETROIT – An investigation has been launched into the Michigan House of Representatives over possible workplace violations, confirmed Camara Lewis, communications representative for the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. According to Lewis, the investigation was launched based on an employee complaint from the Michigan House of Representatives. “To confirm, MIOSHA has initiated an investigation based on an employee complaint from the Michigan House of Representatives. The investigation will focus on all employees affected by the complaint items. MIOSHA has the authority to issue penalties to all employers in its jurisdiction,” said Lewis in a statement released to Local 4 News.
10 Michigan businesses fined for serious violations of coronavirus protocols
Michigan officials have fined 10 businesses between $400 and $6,300 for serious violations of coronavirus (COVID-19) safety protocols. Failed to conduct daily self-screening protocols for COVID-19. Failed to conduct daily self-screening protocols for COVID-19. Failed to conduct daily self-screening protocols for COVID-19. Failed to maintain records of the daily self-screening protocols.
19 Michigan businesses fined for serious coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace violations
Officials have fined 19 Michigan businesses for “serious violations” of coronavirus (COVID-19) safety protocols in the workplace. Inspectors determined 19 companies allegedly committed serious violations by failing to implement necessary precautions to protect employees from contracting COVID-19. The company did not have a preparedness and response plan and it did not train employees on COVID-19. There was no preparedness and response plan or daily health screenings, and employees weren’t trained on COVID-19, according to authorities. There was no preparedness and response plan, and employees weren’t trained on COVID-19, according to authorities.
Over $50,000 in fines added as more than a dozen Michigan businesses cited for COVID-19 workplace violations
Officials have fined 19 Michigan businesses for “serious violations” of coronavirus (COVID-19) safety protocols in the workplace. “We want to make sure these are safe workplaces, and that’s going to protect workers, it’s going to protect our communities,” said MIOSHA Director of COVID Workplace Safety, Sean Egan. “Every employer has an obligation to provide a workplace that’s free from recognized hazards. And every employer needs to make sure that they’re following those protocols,” Egan added. “The protocols are pretty simple, you need a plan, you need training, you need to do health screenings, face to face coverings and social distance.