Ohio companies granted dollars to reduce injuries, illnesses
Ten Ohio businesses have received state money for safety interventions. The $217,000 is funding everything from a robot to a gnocchi machine.
The Safety Intervention Grant Program is aimed at helping employers reduce illnesses and injuries. It also provides the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation with information on the effectiveness of various interventions.
The grants provide a 2-to-1 matching amount from the state with a maximum of $60,000 -- $40,000 from the state and $20,000 from the employer.
Three companies were given the maximum amount. A concrete contractor was awarded money to purchase an automated concrete rake to reduce the risk of injuries from manual material handling and repetitive motion involved in the daily pouring and raking of concrete in construction work. A company specializing in super-abrasive products received money for a robot and automation system to reduce the risks of musculoskeletal disorders associated with the medical manufacturing process. A company that produces products for restaurants was awarded a grant to purchase a gnocchi machine to reduce the risks of cuts or lacerations, sprains and strains, and slips, trips and falls related to manual material handling.
Other grant recipients include:
- A pipeline manufacturer was given more than $18,000 for an automatic stamping/etching machine to reduce MSD risks.
- A trucking firm was awarded more than $9,000 for anti-slip gritting for steps on large trucks to prevent slips, trips, and falls.
- An auto repair company will have more than $24,000 to purchase a tire changer and wheel balancer to reduce the risk of injuries related to manual material handling, forceful exertions, and awkward postures.
- A door manufacturer has $17,000 for flat-top tilt tables to reduce injuries related to manual material handling.
- A pet food supplier was awarded more than $12,000 for an automated shrink wrapper to reduce MSD risks.
- A company that provides medical care to animals was given $3,000 for mobile exam/transport tables to reduce risks of sprains, strains, and animal bites related to handling animals.
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November 28, 2011
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