Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA) asks employers to bolster their workplace safety and health by requesting a free consultative visit.
MIOSHA is having its 15th annual “Take A Stand Day” on August 14, 2019. More than 125 professionals will be visiting high-hazard industries to provide one-on-one consultations. There will be no citations or fines for participating workplaces. However, participants must agree to correct all serious conditions that are found. Over 2,500 employers have participated in the past. Visit requests must be made by July 23, 2019. Check out the 2019 Take A Stand Day Flyer for more information.
We applaud MIOSHA for its continued efforts toward improved workplace safety. Small investments of time and money pay big dividends when it comes to employee health and safety. It has also been shown to improve employee morale and reduce the number of workers’ compensation claims. Doing the right thing is a good business strategy and we hope many employers participate in Take A Stand Day.
We also want to encourage employees to contact MIOSHA with any safety or health complaint. Employees can request withholding of their name from their employer to avoid potential retaliation. These complaints are taken seriously and investigated. Letting MIOSHA know about safety hazards could save a life.
What else can be done to hold bad employers accountable?
Our job as workers’ compensation lawyers is to advocate for employee health and safety. We never want to see anyone hurt on-the-job. Many workplace injuries can be prevented with improved safety training and equipment. Here is what happens when health and safety are not considered employer priorities.
We have represented employees who have fallen off scaffolds and ladders that were not properly secured. We have seen employees with traumatic amputations of fingers, hands, and limbs caused by machines that have safety guides intentionally removed. Some of our clients have fallen into holes that were not properly marked or covered. These awful tragedies could have been avoided if the employer was paying better attention and took corrective action. It is inexcusable to put company profits over employee health and safety.
An employee hurt on-the-job cannot sue their employer for negligence. It does not matter how outrageous the conduct. The employee will be limited to just workers’ compensation benefits. This pays for medical treatment and lost wages. It does not cover pain and suffering. There are no punitive damages for employer wrongdoing. Families of employees killed on-the-job get just $6,000 for a burial expense if no qualifying dependent exists.
Michigan businesses have seen the pure premium rate drop by over 39% in the last several years. This has saved employers an estimated $390 million. We hope some of these savings are being put into employee safety.
Michigan lawmakers must also do more to hold bad employers accountable. This includes tougher civil and criminal penalties.
Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 316-8033 for a free consultation today.