Safety rocks and rolls at Cleveland-area safety council’s CEO event

By Michelle Francisco, BWC Safety Council Program Manager

rocknrollGiven the recent success of the Cavaliers and the Indians, Cleveland is suddenly known for its professional sports teams. But at the recent Cleveland Southwest Safety Council (CSSC) CEO event, Harley-Davidson motorcycles – and rock music – took center stage.

More than 180 CSSC members and their highest-ranking local officials gathered at the Rock-N-Roll City Harley-Davidson dealership, which opened just a year ago in Brook Park, to hear owner Mike Davis discuss his company philosophy and the importance it places on safety. Mike is the owner of four dealerships in Ohio, but he started his career in aeronautics, an industry equally dedicated to safety.

rocks-2The CSSC often selects a local business to host its CEO networking event, believing that members enjoy a non-traditional setting that provides a behind-the-scenes perspective of a company’s operation. Previous hosts have included the NASA Safety Center and Kaufman Container.

Many of the dealership’s 50+ employees mingled with guests, speaking proudly of their visibility in the community and popularity with travelers passing through Cleveland at nearby Hopkins airport.

rock4On the day of the event, visitors in town from Chicago for game two of the World Series stopped by the dealership to shop at one of Harley-Davidson’s newest state-of-the art dealerships.

Safety staff Gayle Luker and Nicole Lorenzo, from BWC’s Garfield Heights customer service office, mingled with attendees, touching base with existing customers and developing new leadership contacts.

Meanwhile, I took the opportunity to say a few words on behalf of the agency, reinforcing BWC’s commitment to creating a forum for safety education, reducing accidents and making Ohio a safer place to work.

Following the meeting, representatives from several employers approached me to express their appreciation for BWC’s safety efforts. Steve Hilton, the Health Safety & Environmental Manager of self-insuring ThyssenKrupp Materials NA (Ken-Mac Metals Division), is responsible for the company’s workers’ compensation in several states. He said he is most impressed with the no-added cost “pre-paid” services unique to Ohio. He lauded the recent air monitoring provided by local industrial hygienist Ron Kruchan and acknowledged the significant cost-savings it provides his company. Each year, ThyssenKrupp also invites safety managers from eight plants across the country to BWC’s annual Ohio Safety Congress & Expo in Columbus to capitalize on the education and certification credits it offers.

These are just some of the many benefits Ohio employers enjoy as part of their BWC workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

BWC sponsors 82 safety councils across the state to provide a forum for accident prevention, workers’ compensation and health & wellness information in local communities. The Berea, Brook Park and Middleburg Heights chambers of commerce co-sponsor the CSSC. They work together to provide valuable monthly occupational safety and health educational opportunities to more than 130 members.

For more information about the Cleveland Southwest Safety Council, visit their website.

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