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For immediate release: June 8, 2015

BWC recognizes Ohio employers for excellence in workplace safety

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has recognized more than 1,000 Ohio employers that combined for more than one billion hours worked without a lost time workplace injury. The employers were recognized during the annual awards ceremonies of more than 80 safety councils across the state that serve as partners in BWC's efforts to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety. The employers received the Special Award for Safety, which recognizes businesses that have gone at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.

"I applaud these employers for their achievement, and for understanding that making safety a priority is one of the most important steps they can take to keep their employees healthy and productive, and their workers' compensation costs down," said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer, who was on hand to present the awards. "Workplace injury claims in Ohio are down by half over the last ten years in part because of attentive employers that put safety first by utilizing resources like safety councils and using the knowledge they gain to instill safety at their workplaces."

Safety councils are organized by local business organizations to inform participants of new safety standards and regulations, products and services, and provide a thorough knowledge of topics, including occupational safety and health, workers' compensation and risk management education. Safety councils annually honor members with strong safety records.

View a list of all employers recognized for hours worked without an injury at bwc.ohio.gov.

In addition to the Special Award for Safety, employers across the state also received Group Award for Safety, the 100% Award and the Achievement Award.

Visit bwc.ohio.gov to learn more about each award and how to join a safety council.

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