Firms honored for worker comp programs

DeFabCo Inc and FST Logistics were among six companies that received the 2003 Governor's Excellence in Workers' Compensation Award. This award is given to Ohio employers who focus on reducing workplace accidents and supporting injured workers with return-to-work programs.

DeFabCo successfully lowered its worker compensation experience rating from a penalty rating of 110% in 1997 to a discount rating of 85% this year. It has gone more than 1,000 days without a lost-time accident and has successfully installed a drug-free workplace program.

FST created an incentive program that provides monetary rewards to employees who have not committed a safety infraction. This program, along with return-to-work programs and a focus on training and communication, has enabled FST to reduce the frequency and severity of claims.

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