Your company could save more than half on its annual Workers' Compensation premium cost by enrolling in ACEC Ohio's Group Rating Program.
Group rating enables companies in the same industry to band together to earn big discounts on their Workers' Comp premiums. For the policy year beginning July 1, 2012, nearly 100 engineering and architectural firms will save over $1 million on their Workers' Comp premiums through their participation in the Group Rating Program.
In addition to saving big dollars, you will receive exceptional service from ACEC Ohio's program administrator, Frank Gates, a leader in the field of workers' compensation with nearly 60 years of experience.
Don't continue to pay "full price" for Workers' Compensation. Act now to improve your company's bottom line by taking advantage of the tremendous savings offered by this program.
It's easy to obtain a free, no-obligation estimate of how much your firm can save. Just download the electronic AC-3 Form, fill in the boxes with the required information and send it back to Frank Gates. Submitting this form simply enables Frank Gates to review your company's file at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and develop a saving estimate for your company; it does not obligate you to enroll in the program – although it's likely you'll want to when you see what you can save.
For more information on the ACEC Ohio Group Rating Program, contact Cathy Pletz with Frank Gates at 800/777-4283, ext. 25429, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workplace Safety Information
As the sponsor of a Workers' Compensation Group Rating program, ACEC Ohio has the responsibility to help its members improve the safety of their workplaces and thus reduce the number and severity of Workers' Compensation claims. Check this page regularly for the latest information on how to improve safety in the workplace.
- Step 1: Visible active senior management leadership
- Step 2: Involvement and recognition
- Step 3: Medical treatment and return to work practices
- Step 4: Communications
- Step 5: Timely notification of claims
- Step 6: Safety and health process coordination and employer education
- Step 7: A written orientation and employee training plan
- Step 8: Written and communicated safe work practices
- Step 9: Written safety and health statement or philosophy
- Step 10. Recordkeeping and data analysis.
A wide array of additional safety information and services are available through the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene.
The BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene offers educational and safety consulting services at no additional cost. Safety & Hygiene consultants assist employers by identifying safety and health hazards and assessing safety programs and making recommendations for improvements. The Division of Safety & Hygiene provides the following services:
- Safety Audits
- Ergonomic Studies
- Industrial Hygiene Consulting
- Reference Materials, Videos, etc.
- Safety Publications
- Employee Safety Training
- Safety Councils
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For more information, call their toll free number at 1-800-OHIOBWC or 1-800-644-6292, ext. 22.
Avoid biggest source of Workers' Comp claims: back injuries
Back strains and sprains are the single biggest source of Workers' Compensation claims for engineering firms, according to data from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Division of Safety & Hygiene.
According to the National Safety Council, 60 percent to 80 percent of all workers will experience a back problem at some time during their working careers. Back strains and sprains are the largest source of workplace claims.
Conditions in the workplace that increase the likelihood of back pain are called "risk factors.," and include:
- Lifting heavy loads;
- Carrying bulky loads or loads far away from the body;
- Frequent lifting;
- Bending the body’s trunk, as when picking items up off the floor;
- Twisting the body’s trunk;
- Static loading (for example, holding objects for long periods of time).
Here's what you can do to reduce or eliminate exposure to these risk factors:
- Limit exposure by providing mechanical assistance, such as conveyor systems, two- and fourwheel carts, and hoists; or by lightening the load to be lifted;
- Engineer safer conditions, such as by elevating the starting point of the lift, to reduce worker exposure to awkward postures;
- Training employees (a safer way to lift should be considered when none of the previous methods are feasible);
- Administrative controls (if the lifting is frequent, rotate the work with other workers).
If lifting can't be avoided, select the safest way to lift – one that is free from the potential for injury. However, we can lessen our exposure by using an approach that encompasses best practices that have come about through research and application. Here are some guidelines:
- Plan the lift from start to destination;
- Flex to loosen up your body before starting the lift;
- Squat close to the load;
- Grip the load firmly with both hands, not just the fingers;
- Place hands on diagonally opposite corners so one hand pulls toward you and the other one lifts;
- Bring the load as close as possible to the body;
- Keep weight centered over your feet, with arms and elbows against your sides;
- Keep your back straight, use the power in your legs to push yourself and the object into a standing position;
- Avoid twisting by changing direction with your feet;
- Continue to your destination with the object as close to the body as possible.
Provided by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Division of Safety & Hygiene
Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2013
The Ohio Safety Congress 2013 is scheduled April 9-11, 2013 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
On the agenda for the 2013 Safety Congress and Expo are top-notch, keynote speakers; a two-day Expo Marketplace; full-day workshops and more than 150 educational sessions on such topics as safety program development, emergency planning, cost-cutting safety strategies, construction safety, injury management and ergonomics. Sessions start at various times to allow visits to the Expo Marketplace between sessions.
For further information go to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation website at www.ohiobwc.com.