Fairfield County employer admits to faking workers’ comp coverage

LANCASTER - The owner of a Fairfield County excavating company has admitted to falsifying his workers' compensation insurance coverage certificate in order to submit bid proposals to the city of Lancaster. William Newell, of Pleasantville, pleaded guilty to workers' compensation fraud and must repay more than $5,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). … Continue reading Fairfield County employer admits to faking workers’ comp coverage

Putting our data to use

As the sole provider of workers’ compensation insurance coverage in the state, BWC possesses a comprehensive set of data not available in many other states. Putting this data to use can offer insight into a number of issues that challenge the entire workers’ compensation industry and offer guidance on improving care for injured workers. That’s … Continue reading Putting our data to use

Keeping employees safe at work is all about reducing risk

By Glenn McGinley, Director, Ohio Public Employment Risk Reduction Program Risk is something that each of us is exposed to every day of our lives and it intrudes on us as soon as we wake up in the morning. We head to the kitchen, put on a pot of coffee and assume the risk of using … Continue reading Keeping employees safe at work is all about reducing risk

Blogger panel inspires discussion on weighty workers’ comp issues

Kendra DePaul, Special Assistant to the BWC Administrator It only makes sense that BWC’s blog would feature a post about the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference’s annual bloggers’ panel. Every year, this is a favorite event of the week, where the best-known bloggers in workers’ compensation share their perspectives and reflections on the future … Continue reading Blogger panel inspires discussion on weighty workers’ comp issues

Massillon woman bets wrong; fraud scheme ends up a bust

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dye3fY4aMg Brenda Pumphrey of Massillon (Stark County) claimed a workplace injury caused her to lose use of each hand, one arm and one leg. After surveillance at a West Virginia casino showed no limp and full use of her arms, Pumphrey’s luck ran out and she ended up pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. An … Continue reading Massillon woman bets wrong; fraud scheme ends up a bust

BWC SID: Our Journey to Excellence – Part 3 of 3

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department In our constant quest for improvement, all members of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department (SID) annually complete in-service training. The theme of this year’s training event was “Our Journey to Excellence: Past, Present and Future.” On October 22, by SID Director James Wernecke, … Continue reading BWC SID: Our Journey to Excellence – Part 3 of 3

Fraud, integrity the focus of recent conference

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department Two fraud analysts and a special agent from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Special Investigations Department (SID) attended the two-day Targeting Fraud: Safeguarding Integrity conference in Columbus. During the conference, they gleaned ideas from the latest information on specialized investigative topics, such as cybercrime, ethics … Continue reading Fraud, integrity the focus of recent conference

The big business of health care provider fraud

As you can see from reading this blog, we take all types of fraud seriously and fraud committed by health care providers is no different. In fact, in 1994 we created the Health Care Provider Team (HCPT) to exclusively investigate this type of fraud. This past fiscal year HCPT closed 64 cases, identified $19M in … Continue reading The big business of health care provider fraud

Safety consultants: a resource you should use

By Daniel Feeney, BWC Technical Resource Consultant Over my career as a BWC Safety Consultant I have met with many employers regarding occupational safety and health.  All of them wanted a safe workplace and none of them wanted anyone hurt at work. Some were more advanced in accident prevention; some were at a basic level … Continue reading Safety consultants: a resource you should use

Another type of BWC certificate: Showing our appreciation to yet another source

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department Normally, when our readers think of the words “BWC” and “certificate”, they think of the BWC Certificate of Coverage. This makes sense. The certificate is widely seen and easily recognized. It is the official document employers often frame to display within their business. Understandably, the law-abiding … Continue reading Another type of BWC certificate: Showing our appreciation to yet another source