How much is saving a life worth to you?

By Ellen S. Nasner, BWC Education and Training Services Manager The success and worth of education and training are difficult to measure, even if you administer evaluations, tests, etc.   We train and educate people to be safe, which inherently is hard to measure because a workplace primarily reports when something was not done safely and the … Continue reading How much is saving a life worth to you?

BWC’s Special Investigations Dept nets 7 convictions in June

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation netted seven convictions in June in criminal cases related to workers’ compensation fraud. “Investigating and putting an end to fraud helps protect the benefits of injured workers and keep employers’ premiums down,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “That’s why BWC is so proactive in pursuing all employers, medical providers, workers … Continue reading BWC’s Special Investigations Dept nets 7 convictions in June

What does it mean to innovate?

By Bernie Silkowski, Director of Technical Services and Support, Division of Safety & Hygiene What does it mean to innovate?  Is it to come up with a new idea or invent a new product or service?  Does modifying an existing process or applying it in a different way qualify as being innovative? Actually, innovate means to … Continue reading What does it mean to innovate?

BWC nets conviction after pizza chain owner doesn’t deliver

The owner of several Happy’s Pizza stores in Northeast Ohio must serve a year probation and pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation $18,000 after failing to bring one of his BWC policies into compliance. Mike G. Abro, 43, of Avon Lake, pleaded guilty July 6 in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas to … Continue reading BWC nets conviction after pizza chain owner doesn’t deliver

BWC’s new ambulatory surgery center joint replacement program benefits Ohio’s injured workers, providers, employers

Lisa Landon, Program Administrator, Medical Reimbursement and Coding Policy Health care is one of the most rapidly changing industries today, which is creating both an exciting and challenging period for Ohio’s businesses and citizens. One of BWC’s key goals is to ensure Ohio’s injured workers have access to quality medical care. Our Medical & Health Services Division assesses … Continue reading BWC’s new ambulatory surgery center joint replacement program benefits Ohio’s injured workers, providers, employers

Cleveland health care worker convicted of workers’ comp fraud

A Cleveland woman caught holding a regular job while receiving injured worker’s benefits must pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) a little more than $16,000 and serve five years probation. Crystal Moore, 31, was sentenced June 28 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas after pleading guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of … Continue reading Cleveland health care worker convicted of workers’ comp fraud

Before you start to Grill – Remember Hank Hill

By Jeffrey Hutchins - Industrial Hygiene Technical Advisor Hank Hill, patriarch of TV’s “King of the Hill”, famously said “If you’re having grill problems, I feel bad for you son.  I’ve got 99 problems but propane ain’t one.”   Data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) indicates that the rest of us might not be … Continue reading Before you start to Grill – Remember Hank Hill

Church secretary convicted of workers’ comp fraud

A Michigan woman has been sentenced to five years community control and ordered to pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation $8,600 in restitution after pleading guilty in April to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud. Mischelle Bensch, 58, of Weston, Michigan, must make minimum monthly payments of $200 to BWC until she pays … Continue reading Church secretary convicted of workers’ comp fraud

Voc rehab provider sentenced on workers’ comp fraud

Business owner exaggerated claims, filed phony expenses A northeast Ohio woman who runs a vocational rehabilitation services business must pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation nearly $56,000 as part of her sentence for committing workers’ compensation fraud. Kristina L. Russell, 36, of North Canton, also must serve five years of community control in lieu of … Continue reading Voc rehab provider sentenced on workers’ comp fraud