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OhioBWC - Employer:  (Safety & Hygiene) - Innovation Awards

BWC Safety Innovations Awards

Innovations come in many forms: equipment, machinery, processes and procedures. We want to hear about yours! Read on to find out how you could win cash awards for your innovative ways.

We established the Safety Innovation Awards to encourage and recognize innovative solutions that reduce the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses. Preventing harm benefits everyone - employers and employees alike. Showcasing the most successful innovations helps other Ohio employers in their safety efforts and can inspire them to develop innovative solutions of their own.

Eligibility requirements
Ohio employers must meet all the criteria below to apply.

  • Implemented an effective, innovative solution to improve an occupational safety or health issue between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2016, and using it
  • Have an Ohio BWC policy number
  • Maintain active workers' compensation coverage with not more than 40 days lapsed in the prior 12 months
  • Be current on all monies owed BWC
NOTE: Employers may not re-enter an innovation previously entered for a BWC-sponsored Safety Innovation Award. However, you may enter a different innovation.

Instructions Apply.

Time table
Application submission period July 17 to Sept. 30, 2017
First round judging Oct.1 to 30, 2017
Semifinalists announced Oct. 31, 2017
Second round judging Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2017
Finalists announced Jan. 8, 2018
Finalists display and judged at OSC18 March 6 to 8, 2018
Finalists announced at OSC18 March 8, 2018

Our Division of Safety & Hygiene will select the finalists who will compete for cash awards during the 2018 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

  • 1st Place - $6,000
  • 2nd Place - $4,000
  • 3rd Place - $3,000
  • Honorable mention - $1,500
  • Honorable mention - $1,500
  • People's Choice - $1,000

Submit questions to Innovations, or call 1-800-644-6292.

2017 award winners
Learn more about the 2017 award winners.

1st Place ($6,000)
ICP Adhesives and Sealants (Norton) - Pneumatically-operated cylinder clamp
A pneumatic clamping mechanism that eliminates repetitive, manual squeezing and releasing of filling nozzle clamps when filling cylinders with product

2nd Place ($4,000)
C & K Industrial Services Inc. (Cleveland) - Hydroblasting robots
All-terrain, remote-controlled robots that use high-pressure water for cleaning industrial equipment and facilities, and to eliminate sustained, forceful gripping and manipulation of the spray wands

3rd Place ($3,000) and People's Choice ($1,000)
Holloway, Henderson & Martin, LLC (Pickerington) - Scaffold caddy
A custom-designed cart that was developed to eliminate the manual carrying of scaffold components into buildings

Honorable Mention ($1,500)
Suburban Steel Supply Company (Gahanna) - Electric transfer cart
Motorized, pendant-operated carts that run on tracks through a fabrication shop to eliminate manual pushing of carts loaded with large, heavy structural steel components

Honorable Mention ($1,500)
Ames Arboreal Group (Columbus) - JosieBea micrograpple truck
A truck with a mechanical boom and small grapple that is used to lift tree limbs and pieces of the trunk into the trailer to eliminate the need for using a wood chipper

2017 finalists and their innovations

Previous award winners