Local employers receive safety awards


Ten employers from Highland, Fayette and Clinton counties were recognized by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for their strong workplace safety records. The businesses received BWC’s Special Award for Safety for at least 500,000 hours and six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.

“Of all the responsibilities that come with operating a business, none are more important than providing employees with a safe work environment,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “I commend these employers for putting their best foot forward to minimize the possibility of accidents and injuries so their employees return home safely to their families every evening.”

The awards were presented during the annual awards meeting of the Highland/Fayette/Clinton Safety Council, one of more than 80 across the state that serve as partners in BWC’s efforts to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety. 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.

Area employers recognized with the Special Award for Safety include:

Clinton County – 882,821 hours worked.

Fayette County Commissioners – 535,545 hours worked.

Highland County Commissioners – 604,761 hours worked.

Highland County Community Action – 573,224 hours worked.

Highland District Hospital – 898,006 hours worked.

Huhtamaki – 992,279 hours worked.

PC Connection, Inc. – 1,434,840 hours worked.

Valero Renewable Fuels Company, LLC – 542,432 hours worked.

Village of Blanchester – 687,717 hours worked.

Southern Ohio Educational Service Center – 579,164 hours worked.

In addition to the Special Award for Safety, various local businesses received the Group Award for Safety, the 100 Percent Award or the Achievement Award.

Visit bwc.ohio.gov to learn more about joining a safety council.

Submitted by Melissa Vince, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

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