Ohio Employers Share $2.9M in BWC Safety Grants

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than $2.9 million in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will be shared by 110 employers that will enable them to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.

The Safety Intervention Grant program matches an employer’s investment 3-to-1 up to a maximum of $40,000. Quarterly data reports and follow-up case studies measure the effectiveness of safety interventions and establish best practices.

“BWC’s safety grants not only help workers avoid injury, they encourage employers to become more engaged in what they can do to protect their employees,” says Abe Al-Tarawneh, superintendent of BWC’s division of safety and hygiene.

The 110 employers operate in 56 counties. Among the grants dispersed in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are:

  • Abrasive Supply Company Inc. in Minerva, was awarded $33,211.79. The grant will fund the purchase of six resin hoppers, one vacuum loader, one pallet stacker, one case sealer with printing system, one conveyor and one box lifter. The new equipment will improve the materials handling process.  Abrasive Supply Company manufactures plastic abrasives.
  • Hill Idealease LLC in East Liverpool received $1,474.24 to purchase a transmission lift and brake drum lift to improve the vehicle maintenance and repair processes. Hill Idealease leases medium and heavy-duty trucks.
  • In Mahoning County, the city of Canfield received $29,925 to purchase a pipe maintenance trailer to improve the utility pipe cutting process. The city’s water department is responsible for the maintenance and construction of water mains, sanitary sewers, storm sewers and catch basins,
  • Zidian Manufacturing dba Summer Garden Foods Mfg in Boardman was awarded $40,000 to purchase an automated crate loader/unloader system to improve the materials handling process. Zidian manufactures and distributes specialty sauces.
  • In Trumbull County, the Bazetta Township Fire Department received $35,949.16 to purchase a power cot and power load system to improve the patient transport process. The fire department provides emergency medical services and fire protection to a population of 5,824 residents.
  • Delliquadri Trucking & Supply Inc. in Girard was awarded $17,250 to purchase a tarping system that will improve the process of securing truck loads.  Delliquadri Trucking & Supply Inc. specializes in hauling landscape materials.

Source: Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.

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