Michigan awards grants for worker safety, training

The Associated Press

Escanaba – Bay De Noc Community College in Escanaba will share $620,000 in Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration grants with 19 other organizations.

The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will use the funds to develop and present tree trimming and chain saw training to reduce workplace injuries in forest, landscaping and clearing industries.

Others receiving grants include Alpena Community College in Alpena, Emergency Services Rescue Training, and the Michigan Green Industry Association.

The grant program is designed to increase the number of employers and employees receiving occupational safety and health education, training and prevention services, especially employers with less than 100 workers.

More than 20,000 employees attended 591 training sessions across the state during the 2017 fiscal year grant period.