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SAFETY COUNCIL STEERING COMMITTEE

  • Kent Myers, Brumbaugh Construction Inc., Chairman

  • Jeff Francis, Phelan Insurance Agency, Vice Chairman

  • Peggy Emerson, Secretary / Treasurer and Safety Council Manager, Darke County Chamber

  • Allison Brigitzer, BASF, Member

  • Bob Heater, Safety 4U, LLC, Member

  • Chad Kimmel, Midmark Corporation, Member

  • Todd Kindle, BASF, Member

  • Adam Link, Whirlpool, Member

  • Jerry McEldowney, Midmark Corporation, Member

  • Vince Moncado, The Andersons, Member

  • Shawn Sachs, The Andersons, Member

  • Amanda Zwiesler, Wayne HealthCare, Member

  • Susan Shamis, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Liaison


Since 1994 the Darke County Safety Council has been co-sponsored by the Darke County Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Division of Safety and Hygiene. Thousands of Ohio employers find value and worker’s compensation premium savings by actively participating in one of Ohio’s 84 BWC sponsored safety councils.

A company has a potential to earn a 2% rebate when you become an active member of the Safety Council and a potential to earn an additional 2% by reducing either the severity or the frequency of injuries by 10%, or by remaining at zero. The Darke County Safety Council helps you to learn techniques for increasing safety in your workplace, teaches you to better manage your workers’ compensation program, enables you to network with other area employers, and shows you how to access useful, money-saving workers’ compensation and risk management information.

Join the Darke County Safety Council by July 31st of each year, attend 10 safety council meetings or BWC sponsored events, send a qualified senior-level manager to a safety council sponsored meeting, and submit semiannual workplace accident reports for the calendar year to be eligible for potential rebates. Membership in the Darke County Safety Council will enable a business to take advantage of savings by eliminating or reducing workplace injuries and illnesses.

Membership is open to all companies in Ohio regardless of Chamber membership status. Companies must have a BWC policy number and have active BWC coverage status. There is a $100.00 annual membership fee. Safety Council meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Brethren Retirement Community. The meetings include a lunch buffet and a safety/health related topic and speaker. For more information about Ohio safety councils, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov and click on Safety, then Safety Councils, then locations, or call 1-800-644-6292.


Council Members Receive Safety Awards

The Darke County Safety Council companies were recognized for their excellence in safety. The safety awards are based on the individual company’s semi-annual report data submitted for the period of January through December 2019. The companies were recognized for their achievements with certificates from the BWC in four different categories. Twenty-nine Darke County Safety Council members received safety awards.

Special Awards - to each employer that accumulated at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work; Achievement Awards - to each employer that decreased its incident rate by at least 25% from the previous year; 100% Awards - to each employer that worked the entire calendar year without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work; Group Awards - to the employer with the lowest incident rate in each group.

Excellence in Safety Award Recipients - BASF Corporation, Bob Drees Construction, Inc., Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., Classic Warehousing, Continental Carbonic Products, Inc., Craft Tire, Inc., Darke County Chamber of Commerce, J&A Construction, Inc., JAFE Decorating Inc., Keller Grain and Feed, Inc., Kremer Roofing Inc., Ludy Greenhouse Mfg. Corp., McCabe Painting Service, Inc., Mideast Machinery Movers Inc., Midmark Corporation, Neff Motivation, Inc., PFI USA LLP, Phelan Insurance Agency, Inc., Ramco Electric Motors, Rebsco, Inc., Recovery & Wellness Centers Midwest Ohio, Rest Haven Nursing Home, Rowland Truck & Equipment, Inc., Spartech, LLC, EverHeart Hospice, Stateline Power Corp., Village of Union City, Whirlpool Corporation, and YMCA of Darke County.

In 2019 Ohio employers shared more than $8.5 million in Participation and Performance Bonus safety rebates. The Darke County Safety Council member companies received $7,418.00 representing a 2% performance bonus safety rebate. To earn a performance bonus, employers must reduce either the severity or frequency of injuries in their workplace by 10% or remain at zero. Safety Council member businesses receiving a rebate were Bob Drees Construction, Inc., Brumbaugh Construction Inc., Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., Darke County Chamber of Commerce, Greenville City Schools, J&A Construction, Inc., Kremer Roofing Inc., McCabe Painting Service, Inc., Phelan Insurance Agency, Inc., Rebsco, Inc., Recovery & Wellness Centers Midwest Ohio, Rest Haven Nursing Home, Rowland Truck & Equipment, Inc., State of the Heart Care, Stateline Power Corp., Village of Union County, and Village of Versailles.

The Safety Council member companies receiving $24,057.00 in a 2% participation rebate were Bob Drees Construction, Inc., Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., Classic Warehousing, Craft Tire, Inc., Darke County, Dick Lavy Trucking, Inc., H&M Precision Concrete LLC, Keller Grain & Feed, Inc., Neff Motivation, Inc., Ramco Electric Motors, Trans Alliance, LLC, Troy Sunshade Corp., and Wayne HealthCare.


Safety Council Featured Programs

Darke County Safety Council Featured Program
The December 12, 2019, Darke County Safety Council meeting featured speaker Allison Brigitzer, Site Services Manager, BASF. Her presentation was “Distracted Driving-Get Your Head Out of Your Apps”.
Darke County Safety Council Featured Program
Joshua D. Francis, PhD., Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Francis Counseling and Consultation Services, spoke to members of the Darke County Safety Council at their January 23, 2020 meeting. Joshua’s presentation was "Stress in the Workplace".
Darke County Safety Council Featured Program
The February 27, 2020 monthly meeting of the Darke County Safety Council featured a mini health fair and non-invasive screenings provided by Wayne HealthCare. Pictured (L to R) are Wayne HealthCare employees Jordan Francis, Lona Mescher, Lauren Henry, Karen Droesch, Robin Feitshans, Matt Kiehl, Alycia Welbaum, Jill Brown, and Safety Council Steering Committee member Mandi Zwiesler.