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$1.5M in BWC Safety Grants to 54 Companies

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has approved a total of $1.5 million in grants shared by 54 employers as part of its safety intervention program. The program assists Ohio employers in reducing illnesses and injuries and establishing best practices for accident and injury prevention.

“The success of the safety grant program demonstrates Ohio employers’ ongoing concern for the safety of their workers,” said Steve Buehrer, BWC administrator/CEO, in a statement. “They are working to reduce injuries and illnesses by taking advantage of advances in technology and opportunities to increase safety training and awareness among their employees.”

Employers representing six private industries and five public employer types in 34 counties were approved for the grants.

Only one company in Mahoning County, TruCut Inc. in Sebring, received a grant; none were awarded for companies in Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Trucut was awarded 417,325 to purchase two powered tilt tables and two transfer-lift tables. The company is a metal manufacturer that makes parts for the HVAC industry.

A full listing by month of entities approved for grants with a summary of what intervention the money will go to is attached and can be seen online here.

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. More information is available here.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.