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Ohio BWC reports a decline in workplace injuries in the state

When it comes to preventing workplace injuries, Ohio employers are outpacing the rest of the nation. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) briefed its board of directors this week on a decline in reported injuries.

According to Abe Al-Tarawneh, Superintendent of BWC's Division of Safety and Hygiene, there has been a 16.7 percent decrease in reported injuries in the private sector between 2010 and 2014. The national average over the same time period is 8.6 percent. 

Total injuries in the Ohio BWC system dropped from 105,568 to 95,802 despite a 7.5 percent growth in employment for this period.

"Ohio is becoming a leader in the workers' comp industry with an impressive offering of workplace safety programs and services, and the state is now exceeding the national trend of declining injuries," said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. "Ohio employers are recognizing the benefits of injury prevention and investing in a culture of safety, including partnering with BWC to make their workplaces safer."

One change highlighted by the BWC's report indicates that there has been an increase in Ohio employer participation in occupational health and safety programs and services in preventing injuries. Between 2009 and 2015, employers using one or more of the Division of Safety and Hygiene's services increased by 70 percent.

"We have introduced a mix of pioneering programs and services, along with new partnerships with educational institutions on safety research that could impact workplaces across the country," reported Mr. Al-Tarawneh. "I encourage Ohio employers to take advantage of these services that can help protect their workforce by preventing injuries."

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