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For immediate release: Oct. 13, 2016

Safety of workers - and man's best friend - focus at local veterinary office

REYNOLDSBURG - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today visited Reynoldsburg's Rosehill Veterinary Hospital to recognize the company for its commitment to the safety of its workers and the family pet. The hospital received a $40,000 Safety Intervention Grant from BWC to protect its employees from injuries.

"Rosehill has done a great job identifying an area where a small investment can make a big impact in protecting employees and patients from injury," said Morrison. "Often, even simple adjustments can make a tremendous difference. In this case, safety improvements have the added benefit of also protecting many central Ohioans' beloved pets."

Rosehill Veterinary Hospital has been providing veterinary care for companion animals and some pocket pets since the early 1970s. Taking x-rays can be a difficult and dangerous task for staff who must lift and restrain animals that can weigh as much as 200 lbs. Staff are also sometimes bitten and scratched by anxious animals and can be exposed to harmful radiation and noxious chemicals.

The $40,000 safety grant assisted with the purchase of a digital radiography and x-ray table to reduce the risk of injuries to both staff and animals. The system allows an immediate display of an image on a computer monitor, eliminating the need to hand develop films in noxious chemicals.

These digital images can be manipulated on the computer, reducing exposure to radiation during retakes. Eliminating retakes also reduces the required lifting and positioning of animals for a second time, which decreases the risk of bites and scratches and minimizes stress on the animals.

"Our staff seems to appreciate the improved efficiency, timeliness and quality of our new x-ray technology," said Dr. Joe Geer. "Our doctors are less hesitant to ask for radiographs to be done, and therefore, we are performing more x-rays. Our staff no longer grimace or groan when an x-ray is required."

BWC's Safety Intervention Grant Program assists Ohio employers in purchasing equipment to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses associated with a particular task or operation. Learn more about the program here and view stories of previous grant recipients at BWC's YouTube channel.

Photos from today's event:
Rosehill 1 - Rosehill Animal Hospital staff position Tug, a canine patient, on a digital radiography and x-ray table the clinic purchased with a Safety Intervention Grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.
Rosehill 2 - BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison presents a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Joe Geer, one of three veterinarians at the clinic, standing here with a patient, Tug.

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