By Melissa Vince, Public Relations Manager
While you’re catching up on your workplace safety training at the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC16) next week, consider stopping by the BWC booth to meet our fraud investigators. BWC’s Special Investigations Department will be on hand to answer your questions, tell you about everything they’re doing to put an end to workers’ comp fraud and even take your tips if you suspect fraud. This map will help you find your way to BWC’s booth (#419).
Our investigators will also be busy leading educational sessions you should plan to attend.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how BWC investigates workers’ comp fraud cases. Supervisors from BWC’s Special Investigations Department will present “Workers’ Compensation Fraud: A Case Study,” session 631, March 9 from 8:15-9:15 a.m. The class will offer an in-depth look into a workers’ compensation fraud criminal investigation. All aspects of one intriguing case will take the audience from the initial steps of assessing the allegation, to conducting surveillance, collecting records and interviewing witnesses. The presenter will explain the investigation process from beginning to end. Attendees will come away able to describe the complete investigative process, recognize the difference between fraud and abuse and identify how BWC’s special investigations department works a fraud investigation.
And don’t forget about session 651, “Safety Violations Investigations,” on Thursday, March 10 from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. In this class, you can learn about BWC’s role in conducting investigations of potential violations of safety codes. Attendees will gain an understanding of the investigation process and types of investigations performed. The presenters make employers aware of the information required from them, the financial impact of violation of specific safety requirement (VSSR) awards and the administrative hearing process.
If you’re not yet registered to attend OSC16, there’s still time! OSC16 will be held March 9 to 11 in Columbus, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The conference offers more than 200 educational sessions, 225 exhibitors and free continuing education credits. In addition to learning about fraud, those attending Safety Congress can learn to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, achieve better outcomes for injured workers, reduce workers’ compensation claims costs and keep Ohio’s work force healthy and productive.
Admission to OSC16 is free to all Ohio employers and employees. A full schedule of sessions is available by clicking here.