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CAM and MIOSHA Renew Alliance to Protect Construction Workers

CAM and MIOSHA Renew Alliance to Protect Construction Workers

Alliances enable organizations committed to workplace safety and health to collaborate with MIOSHA to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.   Alliances are open to all groups, including: trade or professional associations; businesses; labor organizations; educational institutions; and government agencies.

Signing the alliance were Frank Nehr, Jr., CAM 2012 Chairman of the Board; Kevin N. Koehler, CAM President; Rob Nederhood, LARA Deputy Director; and Martha Yoder, MIOSHA Director.   CAM Members The Dailey Company of Lake Orion, and Jenkins Construction, Inc. of Detroit hosted the signing ceremony at their jobsite for the Detroit Gateway Marketplace at the former Michigan State Fair Ground.

"Michigan's construction workers deserve a safe and healthy jobsite.   They have families expecting them to come home every day," said CAM President Kevin Koehler. "Through our CAMSAFETY program and partnership with MIOSHA's experienced staff, we will continue to support Michigan employers as they take the steps necessary to achieve zero injuries."

The Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), the oldest and largest regional construction association in North America, has been serving its members since 1885.   It is a trade association of more than 2,600 commercial and industrial general contractors; specialty/sub-contractors; equipment and material suppliers; and service firms (architects, engineers, attorneys, financial management, etc.).

The purpose of this Alliance is to increase the lines of communication between MIOSHA and CAM's Membership of more than 2,600 commercial and industrial member firms.   Improved communication, increased awareness and collaboration on safety and training initiatives will lead to a safer work environment for CAM Members.

The key goals of this alliance include:

  • Promote safety and health training initiatives to CAM Members.
  • Promote member participation in 21d and 23g MIOSHA CET offerings.   (CAM will specifically solicit specific members to participate in 21d programs for small contractors, up to 25 in a three-year period.)
  • Promote the Alliance in CAM Magazine, Construction Buyers Guide, Construction Project News, CAM E-Newsletter, and www.cam-online.com.
  • Publish articles about specific MIOSHA programs/initiatives.
  • Provide MIOSHA with a PSA in the annual CAM Buyers Guide and a booth at the annual Tradeshow.
  • CAM's Director of Education and Safety Services will work with MIOSHA representatives to develop and produce new safety and health courses.

"One of the key goals of our MIOSHA Strategic Plan is to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the construction industry," said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder.   "By joining forces with the Construction Association of Michigan, we have the ability to help their members protect their workers from identified safety and health hazards."

While participation by individual employers is voluntary, MIOSHA anticipates that contractors who embrace the goals of the alliance and who strive to provide a safe and healthy workplace, will experience a decrease in workplace accidents and illnesses, and a decrease in workers' compensation costs.

There are many benefits to participating in an alliance with MIOSHA.   Through this program, organizations will:

  • Build trusting, cooperative relationships;
  • Network with others committed to workplace safety and health;
  • Exchange information about best practices; and
  • Leverage resources to maximize worker safety and health protection.

For more information about forming an alliance or partnership with MIOSHA, please check our website at www.michigan.gov/miosha or contact the Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division at 517.322.1809.   For more information about the Construction Association of Michigan, please go to www.cam-online.com, or call Kevin Koehler at 248.972.1000.

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