Ohio BWC Awards Grants to Decrease Worker Injuries and WV reports workplace Deaths double in 2010

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation recently awarded grants to a handful of businesses in an effort to reduce worker injuries.
 
 
According to information from the Ohio BWC, more than $217,000 in safety intervention grants was doled out to 10 businesses. (WCxKit)
 
 
Private and public employers are eligible for the grants, which provide a 2-to-1 matching amount up to a maximum of $40,000. The BWC conducts follow-up studies to gauge effectiveness and establish best practices.
 
 
“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 Stephen Buehrer, BWC administrator/CEO. (WCxKit)
 
 
“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.”

West Virginia Workplace Deaths more than double in 2010 

Ninety-five workers died in on-the-job incidents in West Virginia in 2010, more than double the 41 workplace deaths that occurred the previous year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported.
 
 
The preliminary 2010 total, which includes 29 coal miners who were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine, was the highest since the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries began 19 years ago. The lowest total was 40 in 2002.
 
 
Across the U.S., there were 4,457 workplace fatalities in 2010, a drop from 4,551 the previous year. (WCxKit)
 
 
Thirty-three of West Virginia’s fatalities were the result of fires, including the Upper Big Branch deaths. Due to the infrequency of workplace fire deaths, the only other year for which figures are available is 2006, when nine fatalities occurred.
 
 
Twenty workers died as a result of fatal injuries in highway incidents, up from 11 in 2009. Eight workers died after being struck by an object or equipment, compared to seven in 2009.
 
 
Other causes included exposure to harmful substances or environments, falls and being caught or compressed by equipment or objects. (WCxKit)
 
 
The most fatalities took place in the mining industry, which noted 37 deaths. Construction accidents led to 10 fatalities.
 
 
Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. See www.LowerWC.com for more information. Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.
 

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10 Companies Awarded $207,000 to Support Workplace Safety

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) reported recently awarding 10 businesses safety intervention grants totaling more than $207,000 to make Ohio workplaces safer.

 
BWC designed the Safety Intervention Grant Program to assist Ohio employers in reducing illness and injuries, and create a partnership with them to establish best practices for accident and injury prevention. (WCxKit)
 
 
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 and $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.
 
 
The businesses that received a grant are
 
Aluminum Line Products Co. (Cuyahoga County)
Aluminum Line is in the manufacturing industry and provides a line of aluminum and stainless custom coils, first stage blanks, punched blanks and components for the transportation industry. BWC awarded $11,668 to purchase a vacuum lift system to reduce or eliminate the risk of injury related to manual material handling, such as sprains/strains, in addition to slips/trips and falls.
 
 
Bral Land Corp (Trumbull County)
Bral Land Corp is a small machine shop, warehouse and inspection facility that sorts and reships machined products. BWC awarded $23,658 to purchase a pallet wrapper and air balancer to reduce the risk of injury related to manual material handling, such as sprains/strains and slips/trips and falls.
 
 
Gibbs Equipment, Inc. (Huron County)
This commercial industry employer sells and services lawn and farm equipment. BWC awarded $10,997 to purchase equipment lifts to reduce the risk of injury related to awkward postures, twisting and bending for extended periods due to the nature of tractor/mower repair work.
 
 
Harry & David Operations, Inc. (Licking County)
Harry & David is a leading gourmet gift company providing wholesale and distribution services. BWC awarded $18,789 to purchase 30 portable conveyors to reduce the risk of injury related to manual material handling, such as sprains/strains, in addition to cuts/lacerations.
 
 
Horizons Inc. (Cuyahoga County)
Horizons is in the manufacturing industry and assembles membrane switches for products such as CNC machines. BWC awarded $40,000 to purchase an automated dome placement system to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders related to the manual assembly process of electrical switches.
 
 
Kelstin, Inc. (Richland County)
Kelstin is in the construction industry and provides various excavation and demolition services. BWC awarded $4,981 to purchase a skid steer mounted hydraulic breaker to reduce the risk of injury related to manual material handling, excessive force, vibration and cumulative trauma disorders associated to excavation and demolition work.
 
 
The Nolan Company (Stark County)
Nolan Co. is a manufacturer of a variety of railroad safety handling products. BWC awarded $40,000 to purchase a vertical machining center to reduce the risk of injury related to manual material handling, such as sprains/strains, cuts/lacerations, burns and eye injuries from flying debris.
 
 
The Village of Spencerville (Allen County)
This small public employer provides a wide range of maintenance and utility work for the village of Spencerville. BWC awarded $9,128 to purchase a hydraulic chain saw, hydraulic post driver and puller, manhole cover lift, lift magnet, manhole cover dolly, valve box lifter and wheel chock to reduce the risk of injury related to manual material handling while conducting maintenance and repairs for the village.
 
 
Village of West Liberty (Logan County)
This public employer provides water-meter-reading services for the village of West Liberty. BWC awarded $40,000 to purchase a wireless water-meter-reading system to reduce the risk of injury related to poor environmental conditions associated to reading water meters manually, such as sprains/strains, dog bites, slips/trips and falls, potential traffics risks and extreme weather conditions. (WCxKit)
 
 
Volunteer Firemen of Magnolia, Inc. (Stark County)
This organization is an incorporated fire department that provides fire protection and emergency response to surrounding communities. BWC awarded $8,347 to purchase a thermal imaging camera (TIC) to reduce the risk of injury related to fighting fires by detecting potential hot spots and/or locating a fire source allowing crews to extinguish the fire more rapidly.
 
 
Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. He is an editor and contributor to Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%. Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.
 
 
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WORK COMP CALCULATOR:  www.LowerWC.com/calculator.php
 
Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.
 
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