Who says Safety First?

By Ellen S. Nasner, BWC Education and Training Services Manager Safety First is a phrase we’ve all heard, but where did it come from? It originates from the Safety First Movement, a 20th century movement to reduce workplace hazards. The phrase has been in use since in the United States since the 1910s. It also became … Continue reading Who says Safety First?

Concrete contractor with lapsed coverage given probation and house arrest

A Toledo-area concrete contractor whose BWC policy lapsed in 2008 must serve one year probation and 15 days of house arrest with electronic monitoring for running his business without BWC coverage, a judge ruled Aug. 23 in Oregon Municipal Court in Lucas County. Martin Halka, 45, pleaded no contest to one count of failure to … Continue reading Concrete contractor with lapsed coverage given probation and house arrest

Two Central Ohio men guilty in workers’ comp fraud cases

A Columbus swimming pool contractor and a window worker from Lancaster pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor counts of workers’ compensation fraud for continuing to work while collecting injured workers’ benefits. Kash M. Marzetti, 43, had to pay BWC $5,642 in restitution and a $50 court fine as part of his sentence Aug. 22 in … Continue reading Two Central Ohio men guilty in workers’ comp fraud cases

Cutting class load costs man his BWC benefits

A North Carolina man collecting dependent death benefits from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) was sentenced on fraud charges last week for not fulfilling the educational requirements he needed to receive the benefits. Ryan Somnitz, 25, of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, must pay BWC $22,048 in restitution and serve five years community control, … Continue reading Cutting class load costs man his BWC benefits

Fugitive with double identity convicted of workers’ comp fraud

A Toledo man with a long arrest record was convicted of workers’ compensation fraud last week after investigators discovered he had lied to his physician and used a fake identity to collect injured workers’ benefits. David Abitua, 51, pleaded guilty Aug. 18 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, … Continue reading Fugitive with double identity convicted of workers’ comp fraud