February 20, 2018

Grants help make Ohio workplaces safer, reduce injuries and illness

Ohio businesses awarded more than $200,000 in September to support workplace safety

COLUMBUS – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Stephen Buehrer today announced 10 Ohio businesses received more than $217,000 in safety intervention grants in September to improve workplace safety. The Safety Intervention Grant program is designed to assist Ohio employers in reducing illness and injuries, and create a partnership with them to establish best practices for accident and injury prevention.

“Safety grants not only help employers reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, and their related costs, a majority of employers report improved productivity and product quality,” said Buehrer. “On the back end, we are able to collect data that helps us focus our efforts in needed areas by determining the effectiveness of interventions and establishing best practices to share with other employers with similar safety concerns.”

Ohio private and public employers are eligible for the grants, which provide a 2-to-1 matching amount up to a maximum of $40,000 for a total of $60,000 — $20,000 from the employer and $40,000 from BWC. Quarterly data reports and follow-up case studies help BWC to determine the effectiveness of employers’ safety interventions and establish best practices.

Below is a list of businesses that received a safety grant in September.

Ohio Pizza Products Inc. (Butler County)
Ohio Pizza Products is a restaurant food supplier and warehouse. The company was awarded $11,173.33 to purchase plastic pallets that will help reduce the risk of injuries such as sprains and strains caused by the excessive use of force and awkward posture related to manual material handling.

The Pipeline Development Co., dba PLIDCO (Cuyahoga County)
PLIDCO is a manufacturer that forms, welds and assembles products used in the repair of large pipelines. The company was awarded $18,733.92 to purchase an automatic stamping/etching machine to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders related to repetitive motion, in addition to the risks associated to manual material handling and forceful exertions.

Dick Lavy Trucking Inc. (Darke County)
The company, which provides long and short haul trucking services, was awarded $9,602.47 to purchase “anti-slip gritting” for steps on large sized trucks to reduce the risk of injury related to slips, trips and falls.

Metcon LTD (Darke County)
A concrete contractor in the construction industry, Metcon was awarded $40,000 to purchase an automated concrete rake to reduce the risk of injury related to manual material handling and the repetitive motion involved in the daily pouring and raking of concrete in construction work.

Abrasive Technology (Delaware County)
Abrasive Technology is a manufacturer specializing in super-abrasive products. The company was awarded $40,000 to purchase a robot and automation system to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders associated to repetitive motion from medical manufacturing processes.

Bobb’s Automotive Inc. (Franklin County)
Bobb’s Automotive, which provides auto repair services, was awarded $24,753.19 to purchase a tire changer and wheel balancer to reduce the risk of injury related to manual material handling, forceful exertions and awkward postures.

Champion Doors (Hamilton County)
Champion Doors manufactures various types of doors and was awarded $17,282 to purchase flat-top tilt tables to reduce the risk of injuries such as sprains and strains resulting from manual material handling.

K & W Distributing (Sandusky County)
K & W Distributing, a supplier of pet food and specialty products, was awarded $12,247.79 to purchase an automated shrink wrapper to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries resulting from repetitive motion.

Howland Corners Town & Country Veterinary Hospital (Trumbull County)
The company provides medical care to animals and was awarded $3,318.67 to purchase mobile examination/transport tables to reduce the risk of injuries such as sprains, strains and animal bites related to manual handling of animals for examination.

Yar Corp. (Trumbull County)
Yar Corp produces products for restaurants and was awarded $40,000 to purchase a gnocchi machine to reduce the risk of injuries such as cuts or lacerations, sprains and strains, and slips, trips and falls related to manual material handling.

Learn more about the Safety Intervention Grant Program at ohiobwc.com.