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Fire Department Receives Safety Grant for Accident Prevention

Workplace injuries can be costly for both the business and the worker. The injured employee may face long recovery times and substantial medical bills, and workplace productivity may suffer while he is away. If he does not return, the company has to hire and train a new employee, a costly process.

In short, everyone benefits from prevention. For that reason,the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) offers Safety Intervention Grants (SIG) to businesses working hard to maintain a safe workplace.

The Fire Department for the city of St. Marys received its $30,000 SIG from the BWC’s administrator, in recognition of its commitment to safety and accident prevention.

The Fire Department covers a 123-mile area in Auglaize County, one of two full-time fire/paramedic institutions in the area. On the paramedic side, first responders often risk the most injury when lifting and moving accident victims.

Loading and unloading patients often causes back and shoulder sprains, crushed fingers, lacerations and other injuries. The city of St. Marys hopes to use the grant to purchase a Power-LOAD cot fastener system, which would automatically lift cots in and out of the ambulance.

The new system does require an investment, but both patients and ambulance workers will be safer for it. The measure will pay for itself if it prevents even one back injury.

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Despite the economical and health benefits of being proactive about safety, some companies still try and cut corners to save time and money. When employers sacrifice their commitment to safety, they endanger the health and wellbeing of every worker.

Oftentimes, it is up to workers to stand up and demand change. If your employer is violating your right to work in a safe and healthy environment, call Larrimer & Larrimer today. We have the information you need to protect yourself, and our experienced workers’ comp attorneys can make a difference in your case.

Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC—Columbus Workers Comp Attorneys


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