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BWC’s Safety Intervention Grant Program – awarded grant to support workplace safety!

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Norwalk’s David Price Metal Services awarded grant to support workplace safety  

BWC grant aids in purchase of safety equipment

NORWALK – Norwalk’s David Price Metal Services, Inc. hosted Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today to highlight steps the company is taking to keep its employees safe on the job.  Buehrer presented David Price Metal Services, Inc. Human Resources Manager Shawn Culp with a $20,000 check awarded to the company through BWC’s Safety Intervention Grant Program to purchase an overhead crane that is expected to increase productivity while reducing the risk of injuries to its employees.

“It’s inspiring when business leaders, like these here at David Price Metal Services, put employee safety first,” said Steve Buehrer. “This company knows what more and more companies are learning: safety interventions prevent accidents and injuries, which are costly to workers and to employers alike. We’re pleased to be able to help them make their safety goals a reality.”

David Price Metal Services provides an array of custom metal working and fabrication services to its customer base that operates in a number of diverse industries. The company applied for the grant to purchase a crane that will assist in its work to refurbish construction equipment, specifically asphalt and concrete grinding drums. This process begins with using an overhead crane to unload the five-to-seven ton drums, moving them to the appropriate work area, and then manipulating them into a fixture and reversing the process once the refurbishing process is complete.  The company currently has five ton cranes, however, the size of the drums is increasing with rising demand for larger grinding machinery. The increased weight is requiring the use of two cranes at a time, and elevating the risk of injuries to employees.

The new crane will include a wireless remote feature that will improve the entire lift process and increase productivity by allowing for much easier and faster positioning of lifted loads. It will also reduce the risk of injuries to employees’ wrists, necks, shoulders, hands, legs and backs that can result from awkward postures, kneeling, bending, repetitive motion and lifting required as they perform their job duties.

“I would like to express our thanks to BWC for their investment in making our workplace safer and more productive,” said Culp. “The safety grant process, as a whole, is a great opportunity for employers to collaborate with BWC, from the onsite safety and ergonomic consultations to the actual grant itself, it’s a win-win for the workplace.”

In addition to supporting the reduction of illnesses and injuries, the Safety Intervention Grant Program creates a partnership with Ohio employers to establish best practices for accident and injury prevention. Ohio private and public employers are eligible for safety intervention grants, which include a 3-to-1 matching amount up to a maximum of $40,000. Quarterly data reports and follow-up case studies help BWC determine the effectiveness of employers’ safety interventions and establish best practices. The total amount of available money was recently tripled to $15 million as part of the bureau’s Billion Back plan, which also included $1 billion in rebates and steps to modernize BWC’s billing processes.

Learn more about the Safety Intervention Grant Program and view the stories of previous grant recipients at bwc.ohio.gov or BWC’s YouTube channel.  The grants are only one of many safety-focused services provided by BWC. To learn more about training, on-site consulting and other programs included as part of company’s workers’ compensation premiums, visit the Safety section of bwc.ohio.gov.
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Michelle Gatchell, 614-466-1367, michelle.gatchell@bwc.state.oh.us

 

Melissa Vince, 614-466-2956 or 614-202-2329, melissa.vince@bwc.state.oh.us

 

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