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City of Cuyahoga Falls Recognized for Safety Excellence

By cutting its workers' compensation claims by over 50 percent over the past six years, the City of Cuyahoga Falls has proven it is serious about the safety of its employees. This dedicated approach to workplace safety demonstrates prudent use of tax dollars and has earned the city one of the highest honors among businesses in the state. The City of Cuyahoga Falls is being recognized today as one of six Ohio employers to receive the Governor's Excellence in Workers' Compensation Award for 2007.

"Our employees deserve the tools and resources to do their jobs safely and efficiently every day. They also understand that safety takes teamwork to identify and eliminate workplace risks," said Mayor Don Robart. "It's a win-win situation because our employees are safe on the job and, by reducing claims, we're getting the most out of our residents' tax dollars."

Bureau of Workers' Compensation Administrator Marsha Ryan presented the award to Mayor Robart at a ceremony held at the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium this afternoon.

"The City of Cuyahoga Falls is a great example of how hard work and dedication to safety can result in benefits across the board," said Governor Ted Strickland. "The city has earned this award because of its long-term investment in the health and well-being of its employees and its citizens."

In 1992 a Workers' Compensation Fund was established through City Council. Between 1992 and 2006 nearly $1 million from this fund has been spent specifically to purchase safety equipment and services, in turn reducing on-the-job injuries. The City continues to take a proactive approach to managing its workers' compensation program.

"The City of Cuyahoga Falls has made the commitment to building a safety culture which not only ensures the safety of its employees, but saves taxpayer dollars by keeping its workers' compensation premiums low," said Administrator Ryan. "The City is a leader among its peers by constantly striving to provide a safe and healthy workplace."

The second largest city in Summit County, Cuyahoga Falls is located along the beautiful Cuyahoga River, in northeast Ohio. The city owns and operates its own water, sanitation and electric systems and serves more than 50,000 residents. Over 4,000 acres of the 32,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park are within Cuyahoga Falls, along with the world-renowned Blossom Music Center and Kent State University's Porthouse Theatre. All this, combined with an exceptional city parks and recreation system, a public library, community hospital and low utility rates, makes Cuyahoga Falls a great place to work and live.

For more than a decade the Governor's Excellence in Workers' Compensation Award program has recognized Ohio businesses and public employers who provide a safe, cost-effective workplace for their employees, while also supporting their injured workers.

Awards are presented to three private, state-fund employers; two of those winners must have fewer than 100 employees. Two awards are given to public employers, and the final winner is a self-insuring company.

For information on the BWC's programs and services to increase workplace safety, visit
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