In December, the West Carrollton Fire Department received a $34,680 grant from the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation to purchase a hydraulic lift for the patient cot in Medic 57, stationed at 1700 S. Alex Road.
The powered lift is designed to reduce operator and patient injuries by hydraulically lifting patients weighing up to 700 pounds with the touch of a button.
Fire Capt. Adam Blake applied for the grant. He said that repetitive motions such as lifting, lowering, carrying, and bending can sometimes cause spinal damage to medic personnel.
The new ‘Power LOAD’ system has been proven to reduce spine damage in medic and firefighter staff, resulting in reduced injuries, lost or modified workdays, and lower workers’ compensation costs.
The total cost of the new system is $46,240. The city’s portion is $11,560.
“We appreciate the safety intervention grant from the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation,” Blake said. “The city would not have been able to purchase this equipment without this assistance.”
For more information, contact Fire Captain Adam Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org