EATON — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation last week honored 11 local employers for reaching one year without workplace injuries or illnesses that kept workers away from work for more than a day.
The employers, members of the Preble County Safety Council, received BWC’s 100% Award during the Safety Council’s annual awards ceremony, held on Wednesday, April 17.
“A healthy workforce is crucial to ensuring that Ohio’s economy remains strong, and I applaud these businesses for their commitment to workplace safety,” Governor DeWine said in a press release. “These Preble County employers have demonstrated a commitment to safety, and I congratulate them on this special recognition.”
Local employers recognized with the the 100% Award included: Complete Therapy Care, Inc., Lakengren Water Authority, Lowman Heating and Air, Inc., MSD Environmental Services, Inc., Preble County Council on Aging Inc., Preble County Habitat for Humanity, Rexarc International Inc., Studebaker Electric Company, Village of Lewisburg, Village of West Alexandria and Weber’s Body & Frame Inc.
“Running a business is demanding, and I congratulate these employers for understanding there can be no compromising when it comes to workplace safety,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud. “Their success in preventing injuries is paying off with this recognition. More importantly, their workers are returning home each day injury free.”
Recipients of the 100% Award were among 20 local businesses receiving awards. The council also honored employers in four other award categories: 2018 Special Awards (businesses which accumulated at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work;) 2018 Group Award (businesses with the lowest incident rate in each group;) 2018 Achievement Award (businesses which decrease their incident rate by at least 25 percent from the previous year) and 2018 Multi-Awards, for businesses being honored in more than one category.
Special Award winners recognized included L&M Products, Vancrest Health Care Center, Preble County Commissioners, Silfex Corporation and Pratt (Lewisburg Container) LLC.
This year’s Group Award went to Preble Shawnee Local Schools.
The 2018 Achievement Award was received by Birchwood Geneticts Inc, and Multi-Award recipients included Bullen Ultrasonics, L&M Products, Pratt LLC, Preble County Commissioners, Ritter Plumbing Company, and Vancrest Health Care Center.
Also honored was the 2018 Safety Leader, John Toschlog from National Trail Local Schools, and Aaron Deaton, a University of Cincinnati student and employee at MSD Environmental Services Inc. who received one of two Preble County Safety Council scholarships.
A second scholarship recipient, McKenna Marshall, will be recognized at a future Safety Council meeting.
Special speaker for this year’s luncheon was Dr. Adam Rapp, Professor of Marketing at Ohio University, who spoke on identifying intergenerational differences between team members and understanding practical strategies to improve intergenerational communication and team cohesion to improve safety results. Hosted at the Preble County Educational Service Center, the luncheon was catered by Charlotte’s Catering.
The Preble County Safety Council is one of more than 80 across the state that partner with BWC to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety. Under the organizational umbrella of the Preble County Chamber of Commerce, the PC Safety Council is led by volunteer Program Manager Beth Salisbury. PC Safety Council meetings are the third Monday of each month, at noon, at the Preble County Educational Service Center and include lunch and a special safety presentation.
Visit bwc.ohio.gov to learn more about Ohio’s Safety Council Program, or contact the Preble County Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.preblecountyohio.com to find out how to enroll.
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