State Releases Funds For Local Company's Work On Mine Safety Training Site
New facility to help reduce workplace accidents, fatalities
February 08, 2016
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State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today announced the release of $160,269 in state funds for pre-construction design work by Lakewood’s Regency Construction Services Inc. at a new mine safety training facility in Harrison County.

“I am pleased the state is working with local businesses like Regency Construction, a company that puts people to work from our communities,” said Antonio. “This investment will help ensure the safety and well-being of working people in Ohio’s coal mining industry.”

The contract with Regency Construction Servicer, Inc. will begin pre-construction phase services, such as conceptual site planning and design work for the Limited Indoor Mine Simulator in Cadiz, Ohio.

The new simulator is part of a broader state effort that sees the Ohio Division of Natural Resources train over 3,000 miners, annually. The need for extensive statewide training and simulating real mining experiences comes as an effort to reduce accidents, deaths and injuries related to mining. Roof collapses and even fires may occur during mining. The inaccessibility of underground mines can make rescue efforts difficult, making accident prevention critical to the future of mining.

Regency Construction Services, Inc. is a small to medium sized firm based in Lakewood, Ohio, specializing in estimation, scheduling and constructing of building designs and projects. Founded two decades ago, Regency provides a client-centered approach to projects all over the state, working with community based clients such as public and private pk-12 schools, colleges, and faith based churches and centers. Regency also has a branch in Columbus. 

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The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.