ICYMI: State of Michigan plans surprise inspections at demolition sites
Michigan’s workplace safety agency plans to step up unannounced inspections of demolition sites around the state to ensure workers are protected against exposure to asbestos and other hazards.
The Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration acknowledged that the one-year initiative was prompted in part by a Detroit Free Press investigation, which found that while blight removal in Michigan is at historic highs and record numbers of contractors are getting into the business, the agency rarely gets tough with employers who exposed their workers to asbestos, a known carcinogen.
The agency said the inspections will target blight removal efforts receiving federal funding. Most of that money has gone to the City of Detroit, which is overseeing the largest demolition program in the country, but the inspections will take place across the state, not just in Detroit.