Have you planned your Stand-Down to Prevent Falls event yet?

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Quick question: Do you know the most frequently cited violation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)? Don’t peek at the link. The answer is lack of proper fall protection. Injuries from falls have plagued workplaces of all types for centuries, and they remain the leading cause … Continue reading Have you planned your Stand-Down to Prevent Falls event yet?

Do you want to know Ohio’s best kept workplace safety secret?

By Ranzy Brown, Safety and Health Consultant, OSHA On-Site Consultation Program Last month, I had the pleasure of teaching a class called The Best Kept Secret in Ohio at the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo.  My presentation let the audience in on this secret: BWC’s OSHA On-Site Consultation Program. Most of the almost 60 people … Continue reading Do you want to know Ohio’s best kept workplace safety secret?

BWC nets nine fraud convictions in March

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation secured nine convictions in March of workers and employers who cheated, or attempted to cheat, the agency out of funds reserved for legitimately injured workers and workplace safety efforts. BWC’s Special Investigations Department has secured 38 convictions this calendar year, as of March 31. Last month’s cases include: Ronnie … Continue reading BWC nets nine fraud convictions in March

Don’t be shocked or surprised – use lockout/tagout

By Cari Gray, BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a standard called the Control of Hazardous Energy – most folks know it as lockout/tagout. This standard is one of the most important in all of OSHA’s regulations; still many do not understand or do not follow the rules. … Continue reading Don’t be shocked or surprised – use lockout/tagout

Coal miner digs himself a hole in fraud scheme

A former coal miner from northeast Ohio owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) more than $40,000 after BWC investigators found him creating phony employment records to secure BWC cash benefits. Steven R. Kornbau, 50, of Mahoning County, pleaded guilty March 28 to a fifth-degree felony charge of workers’ compensation fraud in the Franklin … Continue reading Coal miner digs himself a hole in fraud scheme

Promote driving safety at your company and at home

By Jennifer Morgan, BWC Fleet Supervisor The other day I was driving to work on a three-lane freeway when a silver Honda in front of me swerved left of center, which caused the mid-sized Ford in the left lane to jerk quickly to avoid making contact with the Honda. The Ford's appropriate instinct caused a chain reaction in the left lane. Meanwhile … Continue reading Promote driving safety at your company and at home