MIOSHA and the Michigan Tooling Association Workers' Compensation Fund to Protect Metalworking Industry Workers

Contact: Maura Campbell (517) 373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

JANUARY 19, 2006 -  The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Michigan Tooling Association Workers' Compensation Fund  (MTA WCF) signed a formal alliance today to protect the safety and health of Michigan's metalworking industry workers.  The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG).


Gary Wood, Fund Administrator, MTA WCF; and Connie O'Neill, Director, Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division, MIOSHA; signed the alliance.  Also participating in the signing was the Fund Board of Trustees, which is composed of active MTA members. 


"We are proud to sign this alliance, which makes worker safety a top priority for the tooling industry," said O'Neill.  "This proactive partnership between labor, industry and government, can save lives by ensuring that worker safety and health plays an integral role in MTA member's workplaces."


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.


"The Trustees of the Michigan Tooling Association Workers' Compensation Fund look forward to the opportunity presented by this alliance," said Wood.  "One of the primary focuses of the MTA WCF is improving shop safety through education and training; this joint effort will increase awareness and promote safe acts which should result in reduced incidences of injury in the members' shops."


The goals of this alliance include, but are not limited to:

  • Promoting and improving shop safety by providing safety awareness and other outreach activities across the state;
  • Providing training and education activities and encouraging member participation;
  • Sponsoring seminars with the CET Division on power press safety, safety and health management systems, and lockout/tagout; and
  • Including articles in the MTA Newsletter on the alliance, on the seminars, and other safety issues.



For over 70 years, the Michigan Tooling Association (MTA) has been the voice of the tooling industry, offering meaningful assistance and cost saving programs and services.  The MTA is made up of businesses in the metalworking industry located throughout the state, including tooling shops, design and engineering facilities, metal goods fabrications, fabrication shops, mold and pattern design and builders, and foundries. 


With nearly 500 members, the MTA Workers' Compensation Fund is a non-profit group self-insurance fund.  The Fund helps control the workers' compensation environment of its members through effective cost control, improved safety and vigilance against fraudulent claims.


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.
  • 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.


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