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Columbus, OH (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) today recognized Massillon-based Advanced Industrial Roofing Inc. (Stark County), winner of Judge's Award in the third annual Safety Innovations Award competition, which recognizes development of innovative ergonomic and safety solutions in Ohio's businesses. The award was presented during BWC's Safety Congress and Expo 2014 (OSC14).
"Everyone wins with safety," said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "It prevents accidents, which saves employees and employers both time and money. These businesses serve as a model for others to seek creative solutions to make their workplaces safer, and we're eager to assist. BWC offers a number of safety services, including safety education and training, safety grants and safety councils."
The Safety Innovations Award competition was introduced in 2012 at the Safety Congress & Expo, the state's longest-running occupational safety, health and workers' compensation conference. Six companies in Ohio that received BWC grants were nominated to compete this year. A panel of judges decided the winners, except for the People's Choice awards, which were decided by OSC14 attendees. Awards were given for simplicity, risk reduction, cost effectiveness and innovation.
Advanced Industrial Roofing Inc. is an industrial and commercial roofing and architectural sheet metal company that employs approximately 60 full-time employees. The company received a $34,650.25 grant in 2011 for roofing tools to fasten insulation to the roof deck to eliminate bending and kneeling when using hand-held tools. The equipment increased productivity by approximately 52 percent and allows employees to experience less stress on their lower backs and knees while eliminating the risk of eye and hand injuries.
The other Safety Innovations Award winners include Bryan City Schools (Williams County), Magee's Express Inc. (Butler County), National Machine Company (Summit County), Otterbein University (Franklin County) and Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc. (Delaware County).
Ohio Safety Congress and Expo is BWC's annual three-day health and workers' compensation conference. OSC15 will be March 31 to April 2, 2015.