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Firm seeks workers’ comp tie-in

State Workers’ Compensation Board chairman Robert Snashell plans to be in Rochester Friday to meet with the head of a local safety equipment firm.
Dean Ashton, president of Ashton Safety Inc., said Snashell’s visit could lead to the state offering discounts on workers’ comp insurance to firms that buy Ashton equipment.
On Friday, Snashell will tour Eastman Kodak Co.’s $250 million Kodak Park expansion project for an on-site inspection of the Rochester workplace-safety firm’s Ashton Saftey Hut, he said.
The Ashton Safety Hut is a portable first-aid station and safety equipment storage shed. Ashton Safety also runs safety training programs for workers.
Ashton said the installation lets companies that use the Safety Hut meet or exceed federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standards.
Workers’ Comp Board spokeswoman Lisa Scoons said the Ashton Safety Hut could fall under workers’ comp legislation passed during the state Legislature’s last session.
A bill now awaiting transfer from the Assembly to Gov. George Pataki would make companies that upgrade safety equipment eligible for up to a 15 percent break on workers’ comp rates, she said.
The measure lets firms making such upgrades apply 5 percent of the amount spent on new equipment. The bill caps the discount at 5 percent.
Eligible firms would get the rate break for three years.

Firm seeks workers’ comp tie-in

State Workers’ Compensation Board chairman Robert Snashell plans to be in Rochester Friday to meet with the head of a local safety equipment firm.
Dean Ashton, president of Ashton Safety Inc., said Snashell’s visit could lead to the state offering discounts on workers’ comp insurance to firms that buy Ashton equipment.

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