Ohio private employers: The time is true-ly here!

BWC has transitioned to prospective billing over the past year. To complete the policy year, we now require employers to submit a payroll true-up report either online or by phone. The true-up period for private employers begins July 1 with true-up reports due by Aug. 15. Although reporting by phone is an option, we strongly … Continue reading Ohio private employers: The time is true-ly here!

Common mistakes that cause great danger in the workplace

Greg Collins, Industrial Safety Administrator, and Ranzy Brown, Safety and Health Consultant Each year, the the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s OSHA On-Site Consultation Program conducts about 900 visits, during which we provide free occupational safety and health consulting for small, high hazard employers in the private sector. The purpose is to help these employers … Continue reading Common mistakes that cause great danger in the workplace

BWC nets 2 convictions of Cleveland day care operators

Cases show skipping BWC coverage a costly risk In separate cases on back-to-back days, Ohio BWC netted two convictions of Cleveland-area day care center operators who refused to pay their workers’ compensation premiums until the BWC pressed criminal charges against them. One owner must pay the BWC nearly $34,000 and serve one year probation, while the … Continue reading BWC nets 2 convictions of Cleveland day care operators

525,600 minutes: make them all count

By Glenn McGinley, Director, Ohio Public Employment Risk Reduction Program It’s orange barrel season, but, summer isn’t the only time to think about sharing the road safely. Each year is made up of 525,600 minutes and each of those minutes count and require focus and attention when you are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. … Continue reading 525,600 minutes: make them all count

Grove City man worked for pest control company while on workers’ comp

A Grove City man who was off work and collecting injured worker’s benefits from his employer now must pay his employer back after investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation discovered him secretly working another job. Terry Shaver, 57, pleaded guilty June 8 in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court to a misdemeanor count … Continue reading Grove City man worked for pest control company while on workers’ comp

There is no “all-states” endorsement

A discussion with Kendra DePaul, BWC Other States Coverage Manager, and Jim Klingensmith, Independent Insurance Agent Since implementing BWC’s Other States Coverage program in March 2016, we have received applications from over 200 Ohio employers looking for coverage outside the state of Ohio. We have been happy to assist these employers in meeting their workers’ … Continue reading There is no “all-states” endorsement

Beat the heat of the “Dog Days of Summer”

By Jeff Hutchins, Industrial Hygiene Technical Advisor We know that the “dog days of summer” are typically the hottest, most humid days of the year.  But did you ever wonder how they got their name? According to the Farmers’ Almanac[1], the name originated during ancient Roman times.  In the Northern Hemisphere, the star Sirius prominently … Continue reading Beat the heat of the “Dog Days of Summer”

Ohio BWC investigative unit nets 5 convictions in May

Investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation landed five convictions in May of individuals caught cheating the workers’ compensation system or deceptively obtaining prescription narcotics. Those convicted included one woman who was cashing in on a dead man’s injured worker’s benefits, another who falsely claimed she was poisoned at work, two men who were … Continue reading Ohio BWC investigative unit nets 5 convictions in May

National Safety Month: Stand ready to respond!

The National Safety Council (NSC) is using June to remind the workforce about areas of safety we might take for granted. Until June 12 they are promoting “Stand Ready to Respond” that emphasizes being prepared at your workplace with a first aid program. BWC consultants remind employers and employees when they are doing on-site visits … Continue reading National Safety Month: Stand ready to respond!