Sweet Kitchen & Bar, other Worcester-area businesses, to serve up more safety with help of state grant

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From State House News Service

WORCESTER – Thirty-seven Massachusetts employers were awarded a total of $533,149 to help train nearly 4,400 employees in workplace safety and the prevention of injury, illness and death, the Baker-Polito Administration’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced.

Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker II made the announcement with the management and employees of Sweet Kitchen & Bar, a restaurant, dessert bar and caterer in Worcester. Sweet received the grant as a consortium of businesses, which includes another restaurant, The Flying Rhino, Struck Catering and Pepper’s Fine Catering of Northborough.

“Our business model depends on delighting our guests. Having a happy and engaged workforce is critical; that starts with our employees knowing that their well-being is our first priority,” said Alina Eisenhauer, executive chef at Sweet. “This grant will help us deliver on that mission.”

The $24,824 grant will train employees in CPR and first-aid, prevention of slips and falls, ergonomics, and kitchen and facility training.

“Worker and workplace safety is an important priority for companies and employees across the Commonwealth,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “We are pleased to award this funding to ensure companies are able to provide training to educate their workers and keep them safe on the job.”

The Department of Industrial Accidents administers and manages the Workplace Safety Training and Education Grant program to promote safe, healthy workplace conditions through training, education, and other preventative programs for businesses and employees covered by the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation law. In fiscal year 2016, the Baker-Polito Administration will award a total $700,000 for the Safety Grant program.

“We are pleased that thousands of workers in the Commonwealth receive training each year in order to make themselves and their work environments safer day to day,” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said.

“We are grateful for the support and earnest efforts on the part of the Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito to secure funding for an investment in the safety of our employees,” said John Lawrence, director of catering at Pepper’s Fine Catering. “This important funding helps create a more positive work environment which in turn creates a more productive and efficient business environment.”

The maximum grant amount per employer is $25,000. Businesses are awarded training grants through a competitive application process. The Department of Industrial Accidents is opening another round of applications soon.

Other area organizations that received grants:

GAAMHA – Gardner [$2,140]: GAAMHA provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities. It also provides residential services for substance abuse through the Pathway House Program. Training will include CPR/AED and first-aid, as well as warehouse forklift.

Guaranteed Builders & Developers, Inc. – Douglas [$25,000]: Guaranteed Builders & Developers offers a large display of modular homes and garages for residential building. This firm also provides disaster and recovery services by providing mobile banking command units to areas of destruction. Training will include OSHA 30, warehouse forklift, rough terrain, aerial lift and bucket truck training.

Hollingsworth and Vose Co. – West Groton [$10,700]: Hollingsworth and Vose is a global leader in the supply of technically advanced nonwovens for engine, high-efficiency, and liquid filtration. With 12 manufacturing facilities located around the world, the company is a key source of engine & industrial filtration. Training will include safe lifting and hand safety.

Imperial Distributors Inc. – Auburn [$21,285]: Imperial Distributor’s is a leader in merchandizing and distribution of grocery non-food items. Training will include ergonomics, lock out/tag out, machine guard and OSHA 10.

New England Disposal Technologies, Inc. – Sutton [$24,834.70]: New England Disposal Technologies Inc. is an environmental service company that performs a wide range of environmental services including hazardous and chemical waste transportation and disposal, contaminated site remediation and cleanup, above ground and underground tank cleaning and removal, lab clean-outs and contaminated soil recycling. Training will include, OSHA 10 & 40, hazardous waste site worker, CPR/AED, confined space, respirator fit testing, boating safety, excavation & trenching.

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