Get focused for Distracted Driving Awareness Month

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Cat videos are hilarious. Just not while you’re behind the wheel. And maybe eat that burrito in the restaurant instead of taking one for the road. With smartphones, busy schedules and multitasking, it’s easier than ever to be distracted while driving. In fact, it’s now the No. 1 … Continue reading Get focused for Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Day care owner guilty of work comp fraud

BWC helps self-insured employer secure case A Columbus day care owner and nursing assistant pleaded guilty Tuesday to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud after her former employer reported her to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) for the crime. Sharrounda Fuller, 42, must pay $11,514 in restitution to her former employer, … Continue reading Day care owner guilty of work comp fraud

2018 Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium third year of success; adds provider staff forum track

We did it again with the help of Ohio’s providers! Based on accolades from our 2018 Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium participants, the symposium’s third year was a smashing success. Despite dealing with a snow storm, nearly 600 health-care professionals attended this unique, multi-disciplinary event held March 8 – 9 at the Greater … Continue reading 2018 Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium third year of success; adds provider staff forum track

Protecting Ohioans on National Ag Day and every day

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Today is the first day of spring! And, fittingly, it’s also National Ag Day in the U.S. The Agriculture Council of America started National Ag Day 45 years ago to recognize and celebrate the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. National Ag Day also encourages all of … Continue reading Protecting Ohioans on National Ag Day and every day

Ohio Safety Congress & Expo for 2018: Another complete success

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department As part of our Special Investigations Department (SID) mission to effectively and proactively prevent losses to the workers’ compensation system and to deter, detect, investigate and prosecute workers’ compensation fraud, we recognize the importance of educating and informing our stakeholders about how they may join us … Continue reading Ohio Safety Congress & Expo for 2018: Another complete success

Graphic artist guilty of work comp fraud

Former Ohioan found working in Colorado A former Ohioan injured on the job in 1991 pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud March 5 after investigators found him working in Colorado while collecting injured workers’ benefits from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). John W. Bezusko, 50, must pay $19,530 in restitution to BWC and … Continue reading Graphic artist guilty of work comp fraud

OSC18 – The postgame wrap-up

Thanks for joining the team! By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer At Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC18) last week, we made the most important addition to our safety team: You! For three days, more than 8,000 employers, workers, safety and medical professionals found their winning safety and health game plan at OSC18 and … Continue reading OSC18 – The postgame wrap-up

Finding a way: Injured worker triumphs through tragedy

Brad Hurtig, a double amputee, inspires audience at BWC medical symposium By Tony Gottschlich, BWC Public Information Officer The workplace accident that took Brad Hurtig’s hands in 2002 could have taken so much more from the high school student-athlete — his place as a star linebacker on the football team, his hopes, dreams and career … Continue reading Finding a way: Injured worker triumphs through tragedy

Are exoskeletons the future of workplace injury prevention?

By Melissa Vince, BWC Public Relations Manager We’re capping off OSC18 with an all-day session and demonstration of the latest in workplace wearable technology: exoskeletons. Delia Treaster, BWC Ergonomic Technical Advisor, organized the session just as the the technology is beginning to gain momentum as tool for preventing workplace injuries. “The expectation is that exoskeletons … Continue reading Are exoskeletons the future of workplace injury prevention?

Report: Ohio in poor health

‘We need to step up our game,’ chiropractor says By Tony Gottschlich, BWC Public Information Officer When it comes to health and wellness, Ohio is in pretty shabby shape, a Cleveland chiropractor told hundreds of health care providers Thursday afternoon at the Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium. Dr. Otto Schmidt, referring to America’s … Continue reading Report: Ohio in poor health