Sidney firm gets safety grant

Staff report

COLUMBUS — Hexa Americas Inc., in Sidney, is among 40 Ohio employers who will share $993,094 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.

Hexa Americas Inc. will receive $16,267.50 to purchase one, 45-degree tilt to reduce the risk of injury to eyes, respiratory system, fingers, hands, wrists, elbows, arms, shoulder, neck, back, and legs related to particulate exposure, repetitive motion, hand force, awkward postures, contact stress, and manual materials handling. The intervention will improve the Gaylord batching process. Hexa Americas Inc. specializes in plastic resin compounds for automotive injection molded parts.

“Building a culture of safety across the state is at the heart of our work at BWC,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “Fewer workplace injuries means more Ohioans who are able to put in a productive day’s work and return home safely to their families in the evening.”

BWC approved the Safety Intervention Grants in August and September. The Safety Intervention Grant program matches an employer’s investment 3-to-1 up to a maximum of $40,000. Quarterly data reports and follow-up case studies measure the effectiveness of employers’ safety interventions and establish best practices for accident and injury prevention.

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