Marion trucking company owner failed to maintain workers’ comp coverage

MARION - A Marion employer who allowed his workers’ compensation policy to lapse and claimed his employees were subcontractors has been sentenced for failing to comply with the law. Lakhvir S. Sidhu, owner of Liverpool Express, was sentenced Dec. 7 after he failed to cooperate with attempts by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) … Continue reading Marion trucking company owner failed to maintain workers’ comp coverage

Tuscarawas County woman ordered to repay $9K for workers’ comp fraud

Robin Beckett of Dennison (Tuscarawas County) has been ordered to repay more than $9,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation after investigators found she knowingly committed fraud by working in violation of the workplace injury benefits she was receiving. The Special Investigations Department Intelligence Unit noted a database cross-match with the Ohio Department of … Continue reading Tuscarawas County woman ordered to repay $9K for workers’ comp fraud

Do you hear what I hear?

By Jeff Hutchins, Industrial Hygiene Technical Advisor The holiday season is filled with a variety of sounds, from singing children to ringing bells.  But if you have difficulty hearing those children’s voices, or if there is ringing in your ears even when no bells are present, then you may be one of the approximately 10 … Continue reading Do you hear what I hear?

Check out the Division of Safety and Hygiene’s OSHA On-Site Consultation Program

By Greg Collins, Industrial Safety Administrator, On-site Consultation Working with the BWC’s OSHA On-Site Consultation Program can provide many benefits to a small, high-hazard employers. Here are a few of the benefits available from working with us: Get cost-effective professional occupational safety and health consulting for your work site. Call 1-800-282-1425 and request a visit. The Program’s … Continue reading Check out the Division of Safety and Hygiene’s OSHA On-Site Consultation Program

BWC investigations result in five workers’ comp fraud convictions in November

Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced today that five individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio’s workers’ compensation system in November 2015. These court actions are the result of investigations conducted by BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID). “Identifying and weeding out fraud is … Continue reading BWC investigations result in five workers’ comp fraud convictions in November

A form of referral

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department Every day members of our BWC Special Investigations Department are reminded why we created our on-line fraud referral form. It works. Effective December 1, we had received more than 8,000 allegations from external sources via the referral form. And, since fiscal year 2002, the percentage of … Continue reading A form of referral

What a difference a Board makes

“Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.” -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” -- Duke Ellington Whether you state it eloquently … Continue reading What a difference a Board makes

Looking for a way to reduce injury rates?

By Julie Darby-Martin, BWC Safety Congress Manager You’ve read in previous blogs of many safety services BWC offers Ohio employers. In part because of these services and other efforts by BWC, Ohio’s injury rate is below the national average. Injury claims have dropped more than 10 percent over the past 5 years. These numbers are … Continue reading Looking for a way to reduce injury rates?

Spreading holiday joy with toy drive

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) has been busy again this holiday season, collecting gifts to donate to toy drives around Ohio. Spreading joy to children in need is a tradition in SID. “I’m proud of our department’s commitment to make the holidays a little brighter for … Continue reading Spreading holiday joy with toy drive

Bedford woman owes BWC $12,000 for workers’ comp fraud

A Bedford (Cuyahoga County) woman has pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud for misleading BWC about her status as a college student. Rachel Madison was eligible to receive death benefits up to age 25 if enrolled at an accredited educational institution. SID began investigating after receiving an allegation that she was submitting proof of college … Continue reading Bedford woman owes BWC $12,000 for workers’ comp fraud