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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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