Eight hot safety tips for summer

By Michelle Francisco, BWC Safety Council Program Manager Heat is one of the leading weather-related causes of death and injury in the U.S. It’s also one of the most preventable. Summer isn’t officially here yet, but now’s as good a time as any to remind folks they can still enjoy the summertime weather without putting … Continue reading Eight hot safety tips for summer

Case update: Ohio doctor sentenced to 5-year prison term

Dr. Timothy Manuel, a Highland County physician who improperly prescribed opioids to injured workers, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison and ordered to pay $12,060 in restitution to BWC. Manuel, 59, was the subject of a joint investigation by BWC and the Ohio Board of Pharmacy that found he prescribed large amounts of … Continue reading Case update: Ohio doctor sentenced to 5-year prison term

Youngstown auditor is BWC’s Fraud Finder of the Year

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department An external auditor in the Youngstown Claims Office received the 2017 Fraud Finder of the Year award May 22 from BWC’s special investigations department (SID). The auditor, who does not want to be identified given the sensitive nature of his job, received the award for alerting … Continue reading Youngstown auditor is BWC’s Fraud Finder of the Year

Cleveland bartender’s Facebook post exposes work comp fraud

Restaurant worker owes BWC nearly $7,600 A Cleveland bartender must repay the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation $7,595 after pleading guilty Tuesday to workers’ compensation fraud. In addition to restitution, Gabriella Benkovits, 26, of Lakewood, must serve two years of probation for the first-degree misdemeanor, a judge in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas … Continue reading Cleveland bartender’s Facebook post exposes work comp fraud

Kudos to our Safety Council of the Year Awards winners!

By Michelle Francisco, BWC Safety Council Program Manager All 83 Ohio safety councils do their part to keep workers and workplaces safe in their communities. We view them all as vital partners in making Ohio a safer and healthier place to work. Each May, Ohio’s safety council sponsors and leaders meet to get the latest … Continue reading Kudos to our Safety Council of the Year Awards winners!

1,000 Fraud Hotline calls in 6 months!

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department We have received 1,000 calls since we launched our new Fraud Hotline system six months ago during International Fraud Awareness Week 2017. That’s 167 calls a month, a little more than seven a day, or one nearly every working hour! In our November 14, 2017 blog, … Continue reading 1,000 Fraud Hotline calls in 6 months!

Truck driver guilty of workers’ comp fraud

A truck driver from northeast Ohio must pay more than $12,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) after the agency’s investigators found him working again while collecting disability benefits. Marshall Winn IV of Niles in Trumbull County pleaded guilty Wednesday to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud in Franklin … Continue reading Truck driver guilty of workers’ comp fraud

We want you to present at OSC19!

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 2019 (OSC19), the nation’s largest occupational-focused safety and health event. We’re … Continue reading We want you to present at OSC19!

Trucker and 10 others convicted in April for cheating BWC

Agency owed more than $500,000 in restitution An Ohio truck driver who worked for more than two years while collecting disability benefits could be ordered to pay more than $78,000 in restitution at his sentencing for workers’ compensation fraud June 14. Walter Lee, of Frazeysburg in Muskingum County, pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree felony April … Continue reading Trucker and 10 others convicted in April for cheating BWC

Celebrate National Nurses Week, Day: May 6 – 12

Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence By Mary Charney, BWC Director of Nursing Inspire, Innovate, Influence. That’s the theme for National Nurses Week, which runs from Sunday, May 6, to Saturday, May 12 (National Nurses Day celebrating Florence Nightingale’s birthday). This year’s theme also reflects the important role nurses have in holistically caring for Ohio’s injured workers … Continue reading Celebrate National Nurses Week, Day: May 6 – 12