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MIOSHA campaign aims to ‘stop falls, save lives’

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Lansing, MI – The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a public service campaign intended to raise awareness of fall hazards and how to prevent them.

Introduced Feb. 21, Stop Falls. Save Lives reports that falls are the leading cause of workplace deaths in Michigan; in 2016, 22 of the 44 worker deaths that MIOSHA investigated were the result of a fall.

The campaign offers online fact sheets and toolbox talks designed to aid in training employees on fall hazards and prevention, as well as information on MIOSHA standards, training institute courses, and more.

“Whether it’s a fall to a lower level or a slip, trip or fall on the same level, all falls are preventable,” MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman says in a video posted on the campaign’s webpage. “That’s why MIOSHA has created this one-stop shop to educate and equip Michigan employers and employees with the resources necessary to prevent injuries and deaths by falls. Together, we can raise awareness of fall hazards by sharing statistics and the stories of workers who lost their lives from falls; by learning the safety and health regulations we should follow every day on the job; by providing robust training to employees and by sharing best practices.

“MIOSHA strongly urges all Michigan employers and workers to utilize and share these valuable resources, to help stop falls and save the lives of Michigan’s working men and women. MIOSHA is asking for your help to ‘Stop Falls. Save Lives.’”

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