Columbus woman who stole relative’s workers’ comp check pleads to theft charge

A Columbus woman who stole a relative’s workers’ comp check pleaded guilty to theft in a Franklin County courtroom last week. Kelly Clark, 38, became the subject of an investigation after an injured worker contacted BWC’s Special Investigations Department to report he did not receive a benefits check he was expecting in the mail. He suspected … Continue reading Columbus woman who stole relative’s workers’ comp check pleads to theft charge

Winter is here! Protect your workers from icy perils

By Rich Gaul, BWC Safety Technical Adviser Winter is officially here. Are you and your employees ready for the harsh conditions of the season? Taking some simple steps can help protect your employees from ailments caused by exposure to low temperatures, wind and moisture. The two primary health risks in cold weather are hypothermia and frostbite. … Continue reading Winter is here! Protect your workers from icy perils

Landscaper cuts corners, gets workers’ comp fraud conviction

A Cincinnati man who ran his landscaping business for at least five years without workers’ compensation coverage pleaded guilty to two fifth-degree felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud Dec. 6. Acting on a tip in 2014, investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation conducted surveillance and interviewed employees of William T. Maguire’s Grass Roots … Continue reading Landscaper cuts corners, gets workers’ comp fraud conviction

BWC investigators net 8 fraud convictions in November

BWC investigators secured eight convictions in November on cases involving workers’ compensation fraud, including two cases where suspects were found living and working in Florida. “These cases demonstrate the skill and diligence of our investigators to track down and hold accountable those who try to cheat the workers’ compensation system,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “We … Continue reading BWC investigators net 8 fraud convictions in November

Five things you need to know about BWC’s provider fee schedules

By Yvette Christopher, Technical Medical Manager, Medical Policy The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) relies on a network of medical professionals to care for Ohioans injured on the job so they can return to work as quickly as possible. Competitive fees are essential to maintaining an excellent network of providers to deliver hands-on, quality … Continue reading Five things you need to know about BWC’s provider fee schedules

Give the gift of safety!

Our handy holiday gift guide has lots of ideas By Erik Harden, Public Information Officer, BWC Communications Department The holidays will be here before you know it! And if you’re like us, maybe you’re not quite done with your shopping. Well, we’ve got you covered with gift ideas to keep your adventurers, your do-it-yourselfers and … Continue reading Give the gift of safety!

Cleveland painter guilty of workers’ comp fraud

A Cleveland-area man caught working while receiving injured workers’ benefits from BWC pleaded guilty Dec. 1 to a misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud. Angelo Reillo Sr., 32, of Garfield Heights, paid $3,354 in restitution to BWC at the time of his guilty plea in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. A judge fined him $50. … Continue reading Cleveland painter guilty of workers’ comp fraud

Coverage in other states: do you have it?

By Kendra DePaul, BWC Other States Coverage Manager With the New Year approaching, now is the time to begin planning for 2017. We encourage businesses to evaluate their current workers’ compensation coverage to ensure there are no potential coverage gaps. Each state has different laws and requirements for workers’ compensation coverage. Consider each state where … Continue reading Coverage in other states: do you have it?