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Operating Engineers sign new pact with state of Michigan to boost worker and workplace safety

Operating Engineers sign new pact with state of Michigan to boost worker and workplace safety

HOWELL, Mich. – Operating Engineers 324 and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended their relationship by signing a new three-year agreement to collaborate closely on ways to boost worker health and safety as well as ensure safer job sites.

“On behalf of Operating Engineers across Michigan, we are very proud and excited to partner with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration on a priority for both our organization and theirs, and that’s making sure working men and women are safe and healthy when they’re on the job,” said Douglas W. Stockwell, Operating Engineers 324 Business Manager. “Safety and health have always been priorities for OE324 and our contractor partners and that takes on greater importance now during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to ensuring that we always stay up to date with the latest technology and safety measures, we are also looking forward to partnering with health and safety experts on how we can continue to serve our communities, protect our workers and deliver quality results every day.”

“At a time when some organizations like the Associated Builders and Contractors are trying to make workplace standards less safe and MIOSHA less effective, we continue to believe that it is stronger rules and partnerships that make a difference, to our members and the public.”

MIOSHA’s agreement with OE324’s Journeyman and Apprentice Training fund includes sharing training resources to protect the health and safety of workers. Some areas of focus include reducing and preventing exposure to hazards related to mobile equipment, excavations, crane operations, stationary operations, and maintenance. The agreement will also facilitate communications and information sharing between OE324 and MIOSHA in areas such as understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act; recognizing and addressing health hazards; and other areas.

“For Operating Engineers 324, this agreement reflects our commitment to ensuring Michiganders continue to represent the most prepared skilled workforce around,” said Operating Engineers 324 Journeyman and Apprentice Training Fund Director John Osika. “By collaborating with MIOSHA on advanced training and safety, OE324 and our members can continue to deliver the best quality product for businesses and communities across Michigan, and ensuring that we do our work safely, on budget, and on time.”