COLUMBUS – Versailles’ Midmark Corporation recently took third place in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Safety Innovations Competition. This annual competition recognizes Ohio employers that have developed innovative solutions to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses.
The award was presented during the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2016, BWC’s annual three-day occupational safety, health and workers’ compensation conference.
“The Innovations Awards recognize Ohio employers that go above and beyond typical safety efforts by innovating to protect their workers and improve productivity,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “By placing the wellbeing of its employees among its highest priorities, and innovating in the absence of an existing solution, Midmark demonstrates an exceptional commitment to safety that is essential to maintaining a healthy workforce and a healthy bottom line.”
The Safety Innovations competition was introduced in 2012 to encourage and recognize innovative solutions that reduce the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses. The five finalists are showcasing their innovations at Safety Congress this week. A panel of independent judges evaluated and scored the innovations based on a number of criteria, including risk reduction, innovation, return on investment, potential for the innovation to be utilized by other employers, and presentation quality.
Midmark Corporation is a manufacturer of medical products. The company’s manufacturing process requires the use of carts that were manually pushed from one operating area to another. This process presented a hazard to workers manually moving the carts. The company developed an automated guided cart that eliminated the need for teammates to manually push the carts from area to area. The company has seen a decrease in injuries associated with manually moving carts. It has also improved productivity by decreasing the number of workers needed to push the carts, allowing two teammates each shift to work in different areas.
The company will receive a $3,000 cash prize along with its third place award.
The other Safety Innovations Competition award winners include:
1st place ($6,000 award): Cooper Farms Feed & Animal (Fort Recovery, Mercer County)
2nd place ($4,000 award): Ashland, Inc (Dublin, Franklin County)
4th place ($1,500 award): City of Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County)
5th place ($1,500 award): AWP (Kent, Portage County)
Cooper Farms Feed & Animal was also selected to receive the People’s Choice Award by OSC16 attendees and will receive an additional $1,000.