Michigan’s reported workplace deaths from COVID-19 drop in 2021
Michigan saw a significant decline in the number of COVID-19 workplace fatalities last year. According to MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman, employers have the responsibility of reporting a workplace death to MIOSHA, which then investigates. The employer would also be responsible for determining if a COVID-19 death was attributable to the workplace or community transmission. In 2020, MIOSHA reported the highest number of workplace deaths in at least a decade with 35 attributed to COVID-19. State COVID-19 workplace rules, including daily health screenings, wearing a mask and social distancing, were enforced by MIOSHA until June 2021.mlive.com
Man killed in forklift accident in Dundee marks Michigan’s first workplace fatality of the year
DUNDEE, MI – A steel worker in Dundee was killed in a forklift accident marking the first workplace fatality in Michigan for 2022. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, MIOSHA, issued a notice Friday, Jan. 14 announcing it is investigating a workplace fatality that occurred Jan. 11 in Dundee south of Milan in Monroe County.mlive.com
Michigan fines more businesses for COVID-19 violations, including 2 from Ohio
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited another 13 workplaces for COVID-19 violations, according to its online dashboard. Captain Jay’s #112Location: DearbornFine: $4,000, but no fines were COVID-19 relatedReasons: No written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan. Ready-Dig ExcavationLocation: Clinton TownshipFine: $400Reasons: Not having a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan and for not conducting a daily self-screening protocol. Ross Chapman Electrical ServicesLocation: WarrenFine: $400Reasons: Not having a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan and for not conducting a daily self-screening protocol. The Delventhal CompanyLocation: Millbury, OhioFine: $900Reasons: Workers were permitted to enter the worksite without conducting a daily self-screening protocol.mlive.com
Whitmer administration rescinds rule she violated at bar
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Monday rescinded a rule that limits restaurant tables to no more than six people, a day after she apologized for violating the COVID-19 regulation while gathering with friends at an East Lansing bar. The Democratic governor has said tables at the Landshark Bar & Grill were pushed together as more people arrived in her party of roughly a dozen fully vaccinated people. A revised gatherings and face mask order, issued by the state health department, no longer includes the six-patrons-per-table provision, effective June 1.news.yahoo.com
Whitmer Administration Rescinds Rule She Violated At Bar
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration on Monday rescinded a rule that limits restaurant tables to no more than six people, a day after she apologized for violating the COVID-19 regulation while gathering with friends at an East...detroit.cbslocal.com
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.”
Michigan’s 6-month office ban extension ‘another defeating blow,’ business groups say
Michigan’s COVID-19 workplace precautions have been extended through Oct. 14, upsetting business groups that hoped workers could soon return to offices. The extended MIOSHA rules include a long list of safety precautions – like having a written response plan, conducting daily health screenings and requiring masks. While MIOSHA has cited more than 200 businesses for not following COVID-19 protocols, none have been penalized for allowing in-person work, Egan said. Still, business groups across the state said they’re frustrated with the continuation of the emergency rules. Since the pandemic started, more than 40 Michigan COVID-19 deaths have been tied directly to workplaces.mlive.com
Michigan to extend COVID restrictions in offices for six more months
YPSILANTI, MI — As COVID surges across the state for a third time, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) will extend restrictions on offices for up to another six months, Gov. Emergency workplace guidelines set by MIOSHA are set to expire on Wednesday, April 14, but will be extended for six months, Whitmer said. State law allows MIOSHA to extend the set of emergency rules one more time -- for up to six months. Some business leaders in Michigan have spent the last month petitioning to reopen offices, saying that office restrictions put small business, jobs and the economy at risk. Business leaders from the “Reopen Michigan Safely” campaign have said office spaces are some of the safest, low-risk environments.mlive.com
Grocery store, ice cream factory among 16 Michigan workplaces fined for COVID-19 violations
Employers and employees with questions about COVID-19 workplace policies can call the MIOSHA hotline at 855-723-3219. American 1 Towing LLCLocation: OnstedFine: NoneReasons: Not developing a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan. Camacho Restoration LLCLocation: IoniaFine: $1,200Reasons: Not having a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan available. Curtis Custom CarpentryLocation: MetamoraFine: $2,000Reasons: Not having a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan available. John Henry’s LLCLocation: MillingtonFine: $400Reasons: The employer did not perform any daily employee health screenings prior to them coming into work.mlive.com
MIOSHA launches COVID-19 citations dashboard to share information on workplace safety violations
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has launched a new online resource to streamline reporting of workplace safety citations related to COVID-19. According to the agency, the move is being made to enhance transparency and provide ongoing information related to COVID-19 workplace safety violations. The dashboard includes the following categories:Citations abated, penalty paid, case closedAwaiting abatement or penalty, case openUnder formal appealCitation vacatedMost recentThe new MIOSHA COVID-19 enforcement actions dashboard will be updated here at 3 p.m. each Friday. “There are a variety of programs that businesses can use to ensure they can comply, stay open and ultimately stay safe. The MIOSHA Ambassador Program offers education and one-on-one guidance to help businesses understand regulations on workplace safety.
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.
16 Michigan businesses cited for COVID-19 safety violations, state says
All rights reserved)Michigan has cited 16 businesses for failing to follow safety precautions that protect workers from COVID-19, state officials said. Emergency rule citations are for businesses that resume in-person work and fail to have written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan or don’t provide adequate training to their employees. Total penalties, including other workplace violations, were $7,200. Location: WixomFine amount: $2,800Violations:Not developing and implementing a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan. Click here to view a full list of MIOSHA COVID-19 workplace safety citations.
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.
10 Michigan workplaces cited for violating COVID, general safety rules
The inspection was initiated in response to an employee complaint, in Oak Park, MI, was cited but not fined for not developing a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan. United Resin Corporation in Royal Oak, MI, was cited but not fined for not developing a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan. AIS Automation Systems Inc. in Rockwood, MI was cited but not fined for not developing a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan. Manufacturing Co., Inc. in Madison Heights, MI was cited but not fined for not developing a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan. Several Michigan businesses and workplaces have been issued citations and/or fined since the pandemic began for violating coronavirus guidelines and health and safety protocols.
Pizza place, gas station, dentist among Michigan businesses fined for COVID-19 violations
Five more Michigan businesses have been fined by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration for COVID-19 workplace violations, the state announced Tuesday, Dec. 22. MIOSHA issued a list of rules in October that workplaces must follow after Michigan’s executive orders mandating workplace rules were tossed. The new MIOSHA rules expire in April. If businesses agree not to appeal and fix the hazards promptly, MIOSHA will cut their fine in half. Employers and employees with questions about the rules can call the MIOSHA COVID-19 hotline at 855-723-3219.mlive.com
Worker dies in fall at Michigan sugar beet processing plant
BAY CITY, Mich. – A man who was helping clean a chute at a sugar beet processing plant in Michigan’s Thumb region fell about 120 feet (37 meters) to his death, authorities said. Bay County Sheriff’s deputies who were called Tuesday night to the Michigan Sugar Co. plant near Bay City about a fatal accident found the 53-year-old plant worker dead, police said. Bay County’s chief medical examiner pronounced the man dead at the scene, said Sheriff’s Lt. James Chlebowski. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been contacted about the worker's death, he said. Michigan Sugar Co. said in a statement that it is cooperating with authorities investigating the worker’s death, and added that “the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Michigan Sugar Company are with the family of this employee.”
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE REPORT -- Friday, Oct. 2, 2020
DETROIT – Michigan officials have fined 10 businesses between $400 and $6,300 for serious violations of coronavirus (COVID-19) safety protocols. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued COVID-19 “general duty” citations to 10 businesses for failing to protect workers and follow workplace guidelines, according to the state. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Cool Friday evening, frost advisory overnightA Frost Advisory is in effect for Detroit and all of Southeast Michigan from 12 midnight to 8 a.m., Saturday. Click here to read the full forecast. 4 Fast FactsRead MoreThursday, Oct. 1, 2020 -- Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020
10 Michigan organizations fined for not taking COVID-19 precautions
A doughnut shop, a Wendy’s and a city are among the organizations being cited for not providing a safe workplace in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is citing 10 businesses after inspections found they weren’t following proper COVID-19 protocols. Violations include not requiring employees to wear masks, assuming customers without masks had a medical condition and were exempt and not training employees in COVID-19 precautions. COVID-19 PREVENTION TIPSIn addition to washing hands regularly and not touching your face, officials recommend practicing social distancing, assuming anyone may be carrying the virus. RELATED STORIESUnemployed Michigan workers can get extra 20 weeks of benefits, state announces19 businesses penalized over $50K for ‘serious’ COVID-19 safety violationsUnlock Michigan turns in 539k signatures to limit Gov.mlive.com
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE REPORT -- Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020
DETROIT – Officials have fined 19 Michigan businesses for “serious violations” of coronavirus (COVID-19) safety protocols in the workplace. According to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, these businesses failed to uphold safety and health workplace guidelines, potentially putting workers in harm’s way. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Clear, chilly Thursday nightThis evening and the last few days of summer feel like fall. It’s a challenge that has been playing out in several school districts with so many students needing devices for remote learning. The director of the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention caught many people off guard when he said masks are more of a guarantee in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) than a vaccine would be.
19 businesses penalized over $50K for ‘serious’ COVID-19 safety violations
LANSING, MI – The state has fined 19 companies across Michigan up to $7,000 each for “serious violations” of COVID-19 safety and health workplace guidelines. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) issued COVID-19 “general duty” citations, which carry a fine of up to $7,000, after on-site inspections found the businesses were potentially putting workers in harm’s way. “These employers were not taking precautions to protect employees and their communities from the spread of COVID-19,” MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman said in a statement. Citations were issued to retailers, a veterinary office, a restaurant and construction companies after regular inspections and inspections initiated after complaints. Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health can contact MIOSHA using a new hotline at 855-SAFE-C19 (855-723-3219).mlive.com
Michigan government releases new site to help businesses reopen without spreading COVID-19
Published: May 29, 2020, 9:49 am Updated: May 29, 2020, 10:29 amLANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s government has launched a new site to help reopening businesses keep employees and customers safe and prevent further spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19). The site was developed by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Click here to visit the new COVID-19 Workplace Safety site. The site includes MIOSHA guidelines, posters for employees and customers, factsheets, educational videos and a reopening checklist. Anyone with questions about workplace safety and health can call MIOSHA’s new hotline at 855-723-3219.
Nonessential medical, dental, veterinary care restarts across Michigan
DETROIT Its a big step in reopening Michigan, nonessential outpatient care is allowed to continue for doctors, dentists and veterinarians amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, its not without strict guidelines from Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) including the standard social distancing rules. Ranging from low risk check ups where simple masks will do -- to very high risk procedures where droplets of bodily fluid could be easily spread meaning full face shields and heavy sanitizing are expected. On top of that another layer of air filtration and sterilization as well.Meraw is the President of the Michigan Dental Association who has several dental and periodontal practices in the state. READ: Metro Detroit veterinarian says stay-at-home orders mean more dog walks, leading to healthier dogs and families
State of Michigan issues workplace guidelines employers and employees must follow as pandemic continues
LANSING, Mich. – As the curve continues to flatten and many businesses reopen their doors, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) issued workplace guidelines for employers and employees and created a new hotline, 855-SAFEC19 (855-723-3219), to answer guideline questions and further protect Michigan’s workforce from the spread of COVID-19. The State of Michigan’s Workplace Safety Guidelines can be found on LEO’s homepage at Michigan.gov/LEO. A key component to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is the ability for employers to provide adequate training on potential risk to their employees. Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using the new hotline at 855-SAFEC19 (855-723-3219).
FCA worker reports cough, continues to work, tests positive for COVID-19, employee says
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. A worker with Fiat Chrysler said she feels unsafe on the job after returning back to the plant. A co-worker reported a cough on her health questionnaire and she continued to work before she tested positive for coronavirus. The UAW said if an member is afraid to go back, they will work with that member on a case by case basis. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration said anyone with safety concerns about their work place should make a report with the state. She said FCA is offering that employees who are afraid to come in can take a leave of absence and not get paid.