Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

MANSFIELD, Ohio --The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has recognized thirteen Richland County employers for keeping their employees safe on the job.

The employers received BWC’s Special Award for Safety during the annual awards ceremony of the Richland County Safety Council, one of more than 80 across the state that serve as partners in BWC’s efforts to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety. The award recognizes businesses that have gone at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.

“I applaud these employers for their achievement, and for understanding that making safety a priority is one of the most important steps they can take to keep their employees healthy and productive, and their workers’ compensation costs down,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “Workplace injury claims in Ohio are down by half over the last ten years in part because of attentive employers that put safety first by utilizing resources like safety councils and using the knowledge they gain to instill safety at their workplaces.”

Safety councils are organized by local business organizations to inform participants of new safety standards and regulations, products and services, and provide a thorough knowledge of topics, including occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation and risk management education. Safety councils annually honor members with strong safety records.

Richland County employers recognized with the Special Award for Safety include:

Adena Corporation - 773,091 hours worked

City of Shelby - 520,628 hours worked

Companions of Ashland Home Care - 711,633 hours worked

Cooper Enterprises Inc. - 528,660 hours worked

Gorman Rupp Company - 651,247 hours worked

Mansfield City Schools - 620,174 hours worked

Mansfield Warehousing & Distribution - 2,549,519 hours worked

Mid-Ohio Pipeline Services, LLC - 1,244,385 hours worked

Next Generation Films, Inc. - 526,769 hours worked

Ohio District 5 Area Agy on Aging - 2,466,929 hours worked

Pioneer Career and Technology Center - 807,960 hours worked

Spherion of Mid-Ohio - 20,633,837 hours worked

TE Connectivity - 1,665,408 hours worked

In addition to the Special Award for Safety, other awards such as the Group Award for Safety, the 100 percent Award and the Achievement Award were also given to various local businesses.

Visit bwc.ohio.gov to learn more about joining a safety council.

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