Because worker safety is important, a number of Ohio businesses recently received a large sum of money to improve safety conditions for workers and reduce workplace injuries, according to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The money came in the form of safety intervention grants, and it was paid to 10 businesses across the state.
The money is meant to help businesses to reduce illness and injury among workers. Workplace injuries are costly to individuals and to Ohio businesses, so spending money as a preventative measure has a positive impact on worker safety as well as an economic impact.
Some examples of the recent safety grants included:
- A grant to a warehouse for the purchase of plastic pallets designed to reduce the risk of sprains
- A grant to a freight company for adding anti-slip surfaces on the steps of its large trucks
- A grant to a car repair shop for improving a tire changer that decreased workers’ back strains and pulls
Other businesses received funding to improve their workplace safety. The goal of the program is to continue to protect workers from needless injuries in unsafe working conditions.
Other improvements varied based on need and business type, but some notable changes were:
- Tilted tables to reduce injury at a door manufacturer
- Automated shrink wrapper to reduce musculoskeletal injury
- Mobile examination tables for a veterinary hospital
Although workplace injuries can happen in even the safest workplaces, these improvements should help alleviate some of the risk to workers.
Source: Insurance Journal, “Ohio Businesses Awarded More Than $200K for Workplace Safety,” Oct. 27, 2011