May 2019
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CycleMotorcycle Safety Awareness Month!
When spring is in the air, motorcycles are everywhere. Do you long for the freedom that comes with riding on the open road? Then it's critical to respect your machine and improve your skills throughout your lifetime.
But that's only half the story. Motorists interested only in four-wheeled vehicles still have a major responsibility in keeping motorcyclists safe on the road.

In 2017, 5,172 motorcycle riders and passengers died in crashes. Fatalities among motorcycle riders and passengers have more than doubled in number since 1997.
  • Motorcycles make up 3% of all registered vehicles and only .6% of all vehicle miles traveled in the U.S.
  • Motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities in 2017
  • 28% of riders who died in a motorcycle crash in 2017 were alcohol-impaired
  • 91% of riders who died in a motorcycle crash in 2017 were male
The vast majority of vehicles on the road are not motorcycles. They're cars and vans and trucks. It's quite possible that as a driver you rarely think about motorcycles.  This is a problem.  "When motorcycles and other vehicles collide,  it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist's right of way ," according to an issue statement from NHTSA. "There is a continuing need to help other motorists 'think' motorcycles and to educate motorcyclists to be aware of this problem."

Why do drivers often violate motorcyclists' right of way?
  • Motorcycles are relatively small and drivers don't see them
  • Drivers don't anticipate motorcycles' movements
  • The driver's view of the motorcyclist is obstructed, often by the vehicle's blind spots or other vehicles
  • The driver is distracted
Driver education programs should emphasize these issues - especially in programs for mature drivers who may have diminished abilities.

R iders 50 and older made up 36% of all motorcycle fatalities in 2017 , according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. So-called "re-entry riders," who rode in their 20s and decided to take it up again in their late 40s to 60s face additional challenges today: more traffic, more powerful bikes, more distracted drivers and diminished physical skills.
If you're going to ride a motorcycle, it's important to commit to a lifetime of learning new skills and brushing up on the old ones.

Come check us out and don't wait to sign up for FREE training by contacting Lynette at or 989.492.7021.   Click here to add our event to your calendar!

GradsCertified Occupational Safety Specialist Graduates

Pictured, back row left to right:  Chad Lutz-Serenus Johnson & Sons, Jesse Sanders-Fisher Contracting, Michael Chambers-Fisher Contracting, Abigail Slocum-Fisher Contracting, Ronald Kerr-Michels Corporation, and Marc White-Instructor.  Front row left to right:  Ashley Seamster-Fisher Contracting, Benjamin Gonzales-Fisher Contracting and James Bass-Fisher Contracting.
Great Lakes Safety would like to congratulate the March 2019 graduates on their completion of the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist program.
Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) training focuses on empowering employees to recognize, identify, and avoid hazards while on the job site. The course consists of 40 hours of hands-on, face-to-face learning, delivered by an OSHA 500/501 Authorized Outreach Training Provider. 

The next scheduled COSS class will be held May 20th - May 24th. If you are interested in COSS training for yourself or one of your employees, click here for more information or email to sign up. 

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Classes Upcoming Specialty Classes

MIOSHA - Part 32 Aerial Work Platforms
May 7, 2019 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Fall Protection Authorized User
May 8, 2019 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

American Red Cross Adult CPR/First Aid/AED
May 9, 2019 (8:00 AM - 1:30 PM)
June 13, 2019 (8:00 AM - 1:30 PM)

Fork Lift Training
May 15, 2019 (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

COSS - Certified Occupational Safety Specialist
May 20 - May 24, 2019 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Hazwoper 8 Hr Refresher
June 6, 2019 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Aerial Lift/Work Platforms
June 6, 2019 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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