For immediate release: April 2, 2015
Bemis North America recognized with Safety Innovations award
Awards recognize employers that develop workplace safety innovations
COLUMBUS - Bemis North America of Fremont (Sandusky Co.), today took first place in the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Safety Innovations
Competition, which recognizes Ohio employers that have developed innovative solutions to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. The award was
presented during the Safety Congress and Expo 2015, BWC's annual three-day occupational safety, health and workers' compensation conference.
"I am continually impressed with Ohio employers' commitment to keeping their workers safe on the job, and their creativity in addressing safety
concerns specific to their operations,ā€¯ said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "Safety Innovations award winners not only establish outstanding
safety programming, but they also find innovative ways to improve safety and productivity by creating new solutions where none exist."
The Safety Innovations competition was introduced in 2012 at the Safety Congress and Expo. Twelve semifinalists were selected from the 53 companies
that entered the competition and the five finalists are showcasing their innovations at Safety Congress this week. A panel of independent judges
evaluated and scored the innovations based on a number of criteria, including risk reduction, innovation, return on investment, potential for the
innovation to be utilized by other employers, and presentation quality.
Bemis creates packaging for food, consumer product, healthcare, and industrial applications. The company worked with a local fabrication shop
to create customized powered adjustable height packing platforms that prevent employees from having to bend, reach and work in awkward postures for
long periods of time.
Bemis will receive a $7,000 cash prize along with its first place award.
The other Safety Innovations Competition award winners:
Watch bwc.ohio.gov for entry guidelines for the Safety Innovations Competition at next year's Ohio Safety Congress and Expo.
- 2nd place ($5,000 award): First Solar Inc., Perrysburg (Wood Co.)
- 3rd place ($3,000 award): FORJAK Industrial, Columbus (Franklin Co.)
- 4th place ($1,000 award): Mansfield Engineered Components, Mansfield (Richland Co.)
- 5th place ($1,000 award): Harmony Systems and Service Inc., Piqua (Miami Co.)
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