Employers sing praises of safety council rebates

By Michelle Francisco, BWC Safety Council Program Manager It pays to be an active member of your local safety council – literally. Employers who are part of BWC’s Safety Council Rebate Program can earn up to a 4-percent annual rebate on their workers’ compensation premium by fulfilling certain attendance and performance goals. For the fiscal … Continue reading Employers sing praises of safety council rebates

Ohio prescription drug monitoring program showing positive outcomes

By Nick Trego, BWC Clinical Operations Manager Established in 2006, the Ohio Automated RX Reporting System (OARRS) is Ohio’s state wide prescription drug monitoring program. OARRS collects information on all controlled substance prescriptions written by Ohio licensed prescribers and dispensed by pharmacies across the state. The OARRS data base can be accessed by pharmacists, prescribers … Continue reading Ohio prescription drug monitoring program showing positive outcomes

Dayton claims rep is BWC’s Fraud Finder of the Year

A claims service specialist (CSS) in the Dayton service office received the 2016 Fraud Finder of the Year award Jan. 26 from BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID). The CSS received the award for alerting SID to a case in which an injured worker claimed to be wheelchair bound and unable to ambulate. Surveillance video in … Continue reading Dayton claims rep is BWC’s Fraud Finder of the Year

Foul! Bowling coach crosses the line, commits work comp fraud

A Marion man who was injured on the job as an emergency medical technician in 2010 pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud Tuesday after investigators discovered him working as a high school bowling coach. After Jason Neagles, 43, pleaded guilty to the first-degree misdemeanor charge, a Franklin County judge ordered him to pay the Ohio … Continue reading Foul! Bowling coach crosses the line, commits work comp fraud

Celebrate awards season with Safety & Hygiene’s 1947 “Oscar” Winner!

By Amelia Klein, BWC Librarian While you may be heading to theaters for a last chance to see this year’s Oscar hopefuls, the BWC Library decided to go back in time to celebrate the Division of Safety & Hygiene’s (DSH’s) very own award-winning film, “Men Who Come Back.” First, a little history: In 1937, the … Continue reading Celebrate awards season with Safety & Hygiene’s 1947 “Oscar” Winner!

BWC secures 13 fraud convictions in January

Work comp cheats owe more than $66K BWC is owed more than $66,000 in restitution from claimants and employers who were convicted and sentenced in January on fraud-related charges. That total will likely grow, as three of the 13 claimants convicted last month still await sentencing. “Workers' comp cheats raise the costs for everyone else … Continue reading BWC secures 13 fraud convictions in January

BWC research seeks better strategies for workplace injury prevention, injured worker care

We’ve written before about our efforts to collaborate on research into a number of issues that impact the entire workers’ compensation industry. BWC is the sole provider of workers’ compensation insurance coverage in the state, meaning we have a comprehensive set of data that can offer insight into how the industry can reduce workplace injuries … Continue reading BWC research seeks better strategies for workplace injury prevention, injured worker care

Limo driver takes work comp system for a ride, now owes BWC $80,000

A former school bus driver caught working as a limousine driver while receiving injured workers’ benefits must pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation $80,000 and serve five years probation. “Thanks to responsible citizens who report fraud, we were able to stop a workers’ comp cheat and return BWC dollars to their rightful purpose — … Continue reading Limo driver takes work comp system for a ride, now owes BWC $80,000

Lapsed coverage leads to court convictions for two Ohio employers

A southern Ohio body shop owner must pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) nearly $6,000 for not carrying workers’ compensation coverage while running his business. Ironton resident Roland Samons, owner of the Shafer Brothers Body Shop, pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to one count of attempted workers’ compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor. A Lawrence … Continue reading Lapsed coverage leads to court convictions for two Ohio employers