Galion area businesses recognized for workplace safety records

GALION — Area employers were recognized recently by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for going 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.

Each employer received the bureau’s Special Award for Safety on April 20 during Galion Safety Council’s annual awards ceremony.

“Maintaining a safe workplace requires real work and commitment, which isn’t easy given all the challenges related to operating a business,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “I commend these employers and their workers for making safety a top priority and for their example to other businesses. We want all workers in Ohio to return home safely each day after their shift.”

Local employers recognized with the Special Award for Safety include:

  • Lifetouch Church Directories – 1,703,333 hours worked
  • Schilling Graphics Inc. – 735,956 hours worked
  • Crawford Machine, Inc. – 697,306 hours worked
  • Central State Enterprises Inc. – 662,409 hours worked
  • Village of Crestline – 532,115 hours worked

In addition to the Special Award for Safety, the council also honored local businesses in three other award categories, including:

  • The Group Award for Safety recognized businesses with the lowest incident rate within its business/industry type.
  • The 100 percent Award recognized businesses with zero injuries or illnesses resulting in a day or more away from work in the previous calendar year.
  • The Achievement Award recognized businesses with a 25-percent or more reduction in incident rates from the previous year.

The Galion Safety Council is one of more than 80 across the state that partner with BWC to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety. Organized by local business groups, the councils educate members on new safety standards and regulations, products and services and the latest on a variety of related topics, including occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation and risk management. V

isit to learn more about Ohio’s one-of-a-kind Safety Council Program, visit

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