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For immediate release: April 19, 2017

Marietta College invests in workplace safety

College one of 100 Mid-Ohio Valley employers recognized for workplace safety achievements today

MARIETTA - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison visited Marietta today to recognize Marietta College and other local employers for their commitment to workplace safety.

Morrison stopped by Marietta College to see new safety equipment the private school purchased with the help of a $37,000 Safety Intervention Grant from BWC. She then headed to the Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council's annual awards ceremony, where she recognized area employers for exceptional workplace safety records.

"Maintaining a safe workplace requires real work and commitment, which isn't easy given all the challenges related to operating a business," Morrison told award recipients. "I commend Marietta College and all Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council members for making safety a top priority. We want all workers in Ohio to leave their work shift each day safe and whole."

Marietta College used its safety grant to purchase a towable boom lift and a motorized dumpster caddy to help campus maintenance workers perform their job duties in a safer manner. Workers previously stood on 40- and 50-foot ladders while trimming tree branches, changing parking lot lighting and performing other tasks that put them at risk for injuries from falls. The boom lift provides a safer work platform than ladder steps, and the dumpster caddy removes some of the manual labor involved in moving dumpsters from residence halls.

"Our maintenance crews feel much safer and more secure doing their jobs since this new equipment arrived two years ago," said Paul Miller, the college's assistant director of physical plants. "And because the equipment is powered, they're able to work more efficiently and productively, too."

Marietta College is one of 29 local employers that received a Special Award for Safety at the awards ceremony Wednesday at the Marietta Shrine Club. The award recognizes employers who have gone at least six months and 500,000 man-hours without a workplace safety incident that caused a worker to miss a day or more of work. View a list of all local employers recognized with the Special Award for Safety here.

In addition, the council honored local businesses in three other award categories, including:

  • The Group Award for Safety for businesses with the lowest incident rate within its business/industry type;
  • The 100% Award for businesses with zero injuries or illnesses resulting in a day or more away from work in the previous calendar year;
  • The Achievement Award for businesses with a 25-percent or more reduction in incident rates from the previous year.
The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council is one of more than 80 safety councils across the state that partner with BWC to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety. Visit bwc.ohio.gov to learn more about Ohio's one-of-a-kind Safety Council Program.

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