BWC firefighter grants – protecting those who protect us

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer For most of us, doing laundry is a dreaded chore we push to the bottom of our to-do list. For fire departments, it’s critical to keeping firefighters safe and healthy. Last month, BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison and Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Bill Spurgeon, visited the Genoa Township … Continue reading BWC firefighter grants – protecting those who protect us

Ohio BWC secures five fraud-related convictions in March

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation secured five fraud-related convictions in March and restitution orders totaling more than $41,000. Those convicted include a remodeling contractor, a babysitter and the owner of a Dayton drive-thru business, as well as a landscaper and a graphic artist. The following cases bring BWC’s total convictions this year to 12 … Continue reading Ohio BWC secures five fraud-related convictions in March

A safety program by any other name

PERRP marks 25th anniversary By Glenn McGinley, Director, Ohio Public Employment Risk Reduction Program " What's in a name? that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet."  ­­— William Shakespeare When you meet someone what is one of the first things you do? Usually you introduce yourself and ask … Continue reading A safety program by any other name

Northeast Ohio man charged in $684K work comp/Social Security fraud scheme

Voicemail greeting exposes scheme Thomas H. Cannell’s friendly voicemail greeting blew his cover, and now the fireplace salesman from northeast Ohio faces potential prison time and a bill for more than $684,000 for defrauding the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) and the Social Security Administration for decades. The 62-year-old Cannell, a resident of Northfield … Continue reading Northeast Ohio man charged in $684K work comp/Social Security fraud scheme

For Cleveland man, there’s something about workers’ comp fraud

Habitual offender, already in prison, convicted for fifth time on fraud-related charges Kenneth L. Gilmore doesn’t give up easily, even if the price means prison, probation and steep financial penalties. After three previous convictions for crimes against the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, the 54-year-old Cleveland man found himself in court again on April 2, … Continue reading For Cleveland man, there’s something about workers’ comp fraud

Don’t fall down on the job! Get ready for the 2018 stand-down

By Mike Marr, BWC Technical Resource Consultant Do you know what the leading cause of worker fatalities is in construction? Each year, between 150 and 200 workers die, and more than 100,000 are injured, as a result of falls at construction sites. Additionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists fall protection in construction … Continue reading Don’t fall down on the job! Get ready for the 2018 stand-down

Return to Work – Yes You Can!

Brain Injury Association of Ohio’s TBI Summit Panel Discussion By Jeff Buffer, MA, CRC, BWC Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor I had the opportunity to participate in the Brain Injury Association of Ohio’s TBI Summit held at OSU’s Fawcett Center last month.  The conference’s goal was to help persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI), their families, and … Continue reading Return to Work – Yes You Can!

Effective safety programs increase profitability by reducing employee injuries

By Keith Bullock, Safety Consultant, BWC Division of Safety and Hygiene, OSHA On-site Consultation Program As a workplace safety professional, I see firsthand why establishing a safety program may seem daunting to many small businesses. These employers tell me that tight budgets and time constraints are just a few concerns they face. However, there are … Continue reading Effective safety programs increase profitability by reducing employee injuries