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Michigan Minimum Wage Poster Updates

The Michigan Minimum Wage increase on September 1, 2014, the first Michigan minimum wage increase since 2009, brings an update to a posting required of all employers. The Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, Public Act 138 of 2014, caused several changes to the MIOSHA Required Poster, “General Requirements – Minimum Wage and Overtime” The most consequential […]

Spotting Safety: Excavation Cave-ins

  For anyone standing at the bottom of a trench and looking up at the sheer face of a column of freshly exposed dirt it becomes clear how important it is to establish proper protections considering the consequences of a cave-in. And it is apparent that in both photos, neither employee is adequately protected. But […]


Falls are the second leading cause of occupational deaths after motor vehicle crashes. In 2012, 704 workers were killed because of falls and over 20% of those deaths were from falls of 10 feet or less. In the construction industry, falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities. 307 construction workers died from falls in […]


August 15th is the start of National Stop on Red week. Red light running causes hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year. In 2012, 683 people were killed because of red light running. This is roughly 10% of all traffic fatalities. An estimated 133,000 were injured in crashes that involved red […]


There are many widely recognized hazards associated with construction work; falls, equipment and tools, and noise. In addition to these however, it’s important to be aware of respiratory hazards at the work site. Aside from the ever present exposure to dust, there are other respiratory hazards that can put workers at risk. Employees engaged in […]

I2P2 Requirement

Although OSHA has announced a delay in the publication of its I2P2 requirement, like most other efforts, it’s just a matter of time. The Injury and Illness Prevention Program publication will most likely expand on the current Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and establish minimum I2P2 requirements nationwide. Fifteen states already have legislation requiring companies to […]


It seems like an obvious statement, don’t start a fire, but starting one may be much easier than you think. Routine activities, when done in the right conditions, can start a fire before you know it. Fires can be started at a construction site by a variety of sources, and everyone needs to be aware […]

Outdoor Summer Work

Working outdoors during the summer presents a number of hazards, many of which are overlooked. Summer health risks for workers include the following: Heat The most obvious hazard of outdoor summer work is the heat. Heat illness from exposure to high temperatures and humidity, as well as UV exposure, can lead to serious injuries/illnesses. Employers […]


Overexertion Injuries are the most common workplace injury. These are usually caused by pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities at work. These are referred to as musculoskeletal disorders or MSD injuries. Overexertion is consistently the number one workplace injury, and the most expensive, costing around $3.4 million a year in benefits. MSD injuries […]


Hard hats are a crucial piece of your employees PPE, but how safe is it? Because they are durable, hard hat safety is easy to overlook.  ANSI statute Z89.1-2009 requires that all approved hard hats be marked with their manufacture date as well as their class designation. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the suspension system of […]

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