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For immediate release: April 11, 2013

Ghent Manufacturing recognized with Safety Innovations Award

BWC honors Warren County company for excellence in workplace safety solutions

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) today recognized Ghent Manufacturing, winner of the Innovation Award in the second annual Safety Innovations Award competition. BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer presented the Lebanon company with the award during BWC's annual Safety Congress & Expo 2013 (OSC13).

"I'm honored to present Ghent Manufacturing with a Safety Innovations Award," said Buehrer. "Their efforts prove that while safety is first and foremost about protecting Ohio's working men and women, it can also have a positive impact on productivity and serve as a catalyst to growing both their business and strengthening Ohio's economy."

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. The top four companies in Ohio that received BWC grants were nominated to compete in this year's competition, which recognizes development of innovative ergonomic and/or safety solutions in Ohio's businesses. A panel of expert judges decided the winners in the categories of risk reduction, cost effectiveness, simplicity and innovation. OSC13 attendees decided the winner of the People's Choice award.

Ghent Manufacturing manufactures and markets visual communication products and specialty furniture for the office, educational, institutional, healthcare and hospitality markets. The business was recognized for adding a trolley and vacuum system, gauges and a laminating indexing station at its plant. The innovation eliminated risk for injury associated with physically lifting steel sheets. The business reports a significant reduction in scrap and 33 percent increased productivity.

The other award winners include:

  • Columbus Window Cleaning of Columbus (Franklin County) - Cost Savings Award
  • Compunet Clinical Laboratories of Dayton (Montgomery County) - Simplicity Award
  • Miller Cable Company of Green Springs (Seneca County) - Risk Reduction Award and People's Choice Award

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