National Safety Month highlights importance of workplace safety education and prevention

BWC offers Ohio employers free safety courses all year long  By Sarah D. Morrison, Administrator/CEO June is National Safety Month, when thousands of organizations across the country join the National Safety Council to raise awareness of what it takes to stay “SafeForLife.” We at the Ohio BWC want employers and employees to think safety all year round, … Continue reading National Safety Month highlights importance of workplace safety education and prevention

Customer relationship management – an essential element in occupational injury prevention

By Michael Rienerth, BWC Ergonomics Technical Advisor One of my favorite sayings is, “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” That philosophy and approach are absolutely essential when it comes to delivering effective safety and health consulting. And BWC’s occupational safety and health consultants sincerely care - not … Continue reading Customer relationship management – an essential element in occupational injury prevention

Injured workers can get questions answered online or by phone

By Bill Teeven, Contact Center Director When you’re injured on the job, the last thing you want to do is to get bogged down in bureaucracy trying to figure out your workers’ comp claim. Ohio has a lot of laws governing workers’ comp, and as the head of BWC’s Customer Contact Center, I understand they … Continue reading Injured workers can get questions answered online or by phone

Have presentation, will travel

As part of our mission to effectively and proactively prevent losses to the workers’ compensation system and to deter, detect, investigate and prosecute workers’ compensation fraud, we recognize the importance of educating and informing our stakeholders about how they may join us to combat fraud. That’s why we annually schedule and conduct dozens of fraud … Continue reading Have presentation, will travel

BWC investigations result in eight workers’ comp fraud convictions in April

Eight individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio’s workers’ compensation system in April 2016. These court actions are the result of investigations conducted by BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID). “Investigating and putting an end to fraud helps protect the benefits of injured workers and keep employers’ premiums down,” said … Continue reading BWC investigations result in eight workers’ comp fraud convictions in April

Employer Fraud: When your competition isn’t paying… you pay more!

Fraudulent employers hurt honest employers. When employers cheat the system, honest employers have to pay additional premiums and are placed at a competitive disadvantage. Here’s how: BWC maintains a State Fund to pay for services provided to injured workers. This fund can be seen as a pot of money that must be filled by Ohio’s employers. For every … Continue reading Employer Fraud: When your competition isn’t paying… you pay more!

Two Ohio employers convicted on charges related to workers’ comp fraud

A Columbus painter and a southern Ohio restaurant owner were convicted last month on charges related to workers compensation fraud, one for forgery and both involving lapsed coverage. Investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation say Patrick H. Green of Columbus (Franklin County) forged documents to make it appear his business, Pat’s Custom Painting, … Continue reading Two Ohio employers convicted on charges related to workers’ comp fraud

Safety Council of the Year Awards: Stark County takes top award

By Michelle Gatchell, BWC Communications and Michelle Francisco, BWC Safety Council Program Manager On May 2, BWC held the annual Safety Council Leaders Conference in Columbus. Every safety council in the state was represented at the meeting, where ideas about program management, speakers, topics and how to reach more employers were shared. Managing a safety council … Continue reading Safety Council of the Year Awards: Stark County takes top award