Michigan Slips and Falls laws & safety compliance analysis

Michigan Slips and Falls: What you need to know

Michigan has adopted slip, trip, and fall requirements in general industry workplaces for general housekeeping, safeguarding aisles and passageways, and dockboards that mirror federal rules. The state has also adopted rules for walking and working surfaces (e.g., floor and wall openings, stairways, and skylights), fixed ladders, and portable ladders that are stricter than federal rules. See the state Ladders analysis for information about fixed and portable ladders.

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The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) administers and enforces workplace safety and health standards for private and public sector workplaces in the state.

GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING AND SAFEGUARDING
MAC r. 408.10015, MAC r. 408.10021, and MAC r. 408.10022

The state has adopted requirements for general housekeeping, safeguarding aisles and passageways, and dockboards that mirror federal rules.

Safeguard wet surfaces. Where a wet process, such as, but not limited to, plating operations, food processing, or car washing, is used, drainage must be maintained or false floors, platforms, or mats used. Where an employee is required to work on a wet surface in a wet process, the surface must be slip-resistant.

FALL PROTECTION
MAC r. 408.10211 to 408.10241

The state rules for protecting workers from falls and falling objects mirror federal rules, and there are additional provisions adopted by the state that are not explicitly covered in the federal rules.

Standard barrier specifications (MAC r. 408.10231). The state barrier specifications mirror federal guardrail specifications, with an additional requirement for the intermediate rail. If the distance ...


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