Northeast Ohio man reports crime, gets arrested

Stark County tree service owner convicted of work comp fraud When James Glen Willis called police to report a theft from his vehicle in May, police made a quick arrest — of Willis himself. Willis, of Jackson Twp. in Stark County, apparently didn’t know there was a warrant out for his arrest for committing workers’ … Continue reading Northeast Ohio man reports crime, gets arrested

Hey, don’t just sit there!

By Mike Lampl, BWC Research Director Unfortunately, it’s way too easy to spend a significant amount of time sitting throughout the day. Some studies show that office workers typically spend seven or more hours sitting at work. Add in driving to and from work, sitting at meals, sitting while watching television or reading, and you’ve … Continue reading Hey, don’t just sit there!

Are you prepared for an active aggressor incident?

By Darrin Blosser, BWC Threat Assessment Coordinator As much as we would like to say it isn’t, across the United States, active aggressor situations are occurring far too frequently. Almost daily, sometimes more than once a day, we hear of another active aggressor-type situation happening somewhere. They’re happening in schools, shopping malls, places of employment, … Continue reading Are you prepared for an active aggressor incident?

BWC secures 11 convictions in May

Ohioans convicted in May of workers’ compensation fraud and related charges include a Cleveland-area man serving time in a federal prison on corruption charges, a former Toledo man working as a home inspector in Tennessee and two men who claimed to be permanently disabled but were earning tens of thousands of dollars working for themselves. … Continue reading BWC secures 11 convictions in May

We want you to present at OSC18!

By Julie Darby-Martin, BWC Safety Congress Manager Do you have knowledge to share that can keep workplaces safe and healthy? Are you good in front of a crowd? If so, you could be a potential presenter for our Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2018 (OSC18), the nation’s largest occupational-focused safety and health event. We’re now … Continue reading We want you to present at OSC18!

Fatigue equals high costs for workers, employers

By Delia Treaster, PhD, CPE, BWC Ergonomic Technical Advisor “I’m so tired.” How often have you said this? Fatigue is a normal part of everyday life. Everyone gets tired after a long day at work or after a sleepless night. Even prolonged sitting can make us feel tired; just imagine how you feel after a … Continue reading Fatigue equals high costs for workers, employers

Bar owner ignores BWC debt, then pays after liquor agents raid bar

Southwest Ohio man guilty of ‘failure to comply’ A Hamilton bar owner who refused to cooperate with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) over his lapsed coverage entered a repayment plan with BWC after state liquor control agents raided his bar in early April and seized cash and liquor. The workers’ compensation coverage for … Continue reading Bar owner ignores BWC debt, then pays after liquor agents raid bar

Working hard in the yard? Remember these safety tips

By Andrea Dong, BWC Occupational Safety and Hygiene Fellow Think about a typical grounds maintenance worker, like a landscaper or tree trimmer, and the tasks they perform on the job. Mowing, weeding, trimming, watering and planting – these probably sound familiar, and you likely have a similar to-do list for your yard at home. Now … Continue reading Working hard in the yard? Remember these safety tips

Metal scrapper, business owner guilty of work comp fraud

A Columbus man on disability benefits for a workplace injury must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) $35,000 after investigators found him collecting and selling 46 tons of scrap metal during a time he purported to be disabled. Richard Claffey, 53, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud … Continue reading Metal scrapper, business owner guilty of work comp fraud