PANDORA — The most frequent Worker’s Compensation injury reported in Ohio is from lifting people.
Monday afternoon Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC)
Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer visited Hilty Home, Inc, in Pandora, to
present the company with a $39,600 Safety Intervention Grant. The Senior
care center will use the grant to purchase patient lift systems that
will protect workers from injuries as they transport patients around the
Last year Governor John R. Kasich approved an increase
in funding for the safety intervention grant program from $5 million to
$15 million. With this increase, every qualifying employer’s dollar is
matched with three dollars. The program is available to any Ohio
state-fund or public employer who wishes to purchase equipment to
substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses associated with
a particular task or operation. The program is designed to work and
partner with Ohio employers to establish safety intervention best
practices for accident and injury prevention.
families of Richard Reese and Charles Kinsinger gave memorial gifts to
initiate a fundraiser to collect the local share for the lifts. Local
resident Doug Luginbill then approached local businesses and chambers
asking for contributions to the local share.
Eight lifts were
purchased for Hilty Home at a total cost of $56,000. The local share
donated for the lifts was $16,400. The lifts are being placed in eight
semi-private rooms, allowing use of the lifts for 16 residents.
is a win-win program,” said Buehrer. “It drives down the number of
injuries, meaning the employers are seeing a 66 percent reduction in
Workers’ Compensation costs.”
“I am so thankful for this grant and
for the local families who made the purchase of these lifts possible,”
said Jason Cox, Executive Director of Hilty Home.
employees, Rachel Friesel, Amanda Slick and Lauren Zacharich, all STNAs
(state-tested nurse’s aides), demonstrated how the machine works to
visitors during the check presentation.
“It is very convenient,” said Zacharich. “It allows us to easily get a resident any place in the room much safer.”
Safety Intervention Grant Program assists Ohio employers in reducing
illnesses and injuries and to create a partnership with them to
establish best practices for accident and injury prevention.