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For immediate release: April 2, 2015

Harmony Systems and Service recognized with Safety Innovations award

Awards recognize employers that develop workplace safety innovations

COLUMBUS - Harmony Systems and Service Inc. of Piqua (Miami Co.), today took fifth 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," 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.

Harmony Systems is a supplier of plastic injection molded products to the automotive, appliance and electronics industries. The company designed its own skid staging and loading machine that moves skids weighing 50 to 60 pounds to the assembly line, reducing the danger of strains and sprains, contusions, tripping and falling.

Harmony Systems will receive a $1,000 cash prize along with its fifth place award.

The other Safety Innovations Competition award winners:

  • 1st place ($7,000 award): Bemis North America, of Fremont (Sandusky Co.)
  • 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.)
Watch bwc.ohio.gov for entry guidelines for the Safety Innovations Competition at next year’s Ohio Safety Congress and Expo.

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