Dog groomer, two businesses plead to workers comp fraud-related charges

A former central Ohio dog groomer pleaded guilty to a theft charge June 21 after investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) found her living and working in Colorado Springs, Colorado, while receiving BWC benefits. Karrie Hoskisson, 44, formerly of Canal Winchester, pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor theft count and was sentenced … Continue reading Dog groomer, two businesses plead to workers comp fraud-related charges

Distracted driving: Do you feel lucky?

By Joe Koehl, BWC Loss Prevention Supervisor To quote Dirty Harry in the 1971 classic film: “You gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’  Well do you punk?” Distracted driving may not seem as perilous as staring down a scowling Dirty Harry, but really, it is. Distracted driving will take more lives in … Continue reading Distracted driving: Do you feel lucky?

Aggressive driving – How much time do you really save?

By Joe Koehl, BWC Loss Prevention Supervisor Does it irritate you when you’re trying to be an upstanding, law-abiding, defensive driver, keeping a safe three-second following distance from the car in front of you, and somebody changes lanes and cuts you off? And then another car and another car and another car? It can irk … Continue reading Aggressive driving – How much time do you really save?

Three Ohio businesses plead in work comp fraud cases

Two owners owe a combined $78K in back premiums Two business owners from Bellefontaine, Ohio, that owe approximately $78,000 in back premiums to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation can avoid fines and jail time if they bring their BWC policies back into compliance later this year, a municipal judge ruled June 12. “Letting your … Continue reading Three Ohio businesses plead in work comp fraud cases

National Safety Month: Slips, trips and falls are no joke

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Pratfalls in television and movies can be comedy gold. Chevy Chase practically built his career on them. But slips, trips and falls at home or at work are no joke. Stats from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration show most general industry incidents involve slips, trips and falls, … Continue reading National Safety Month: Slips, trips and falls are no joke

Eight Ohioans plead to work comp fraud-related charges in May

The eight Ohioans who pleaded guilty and no contest in May to fraud-related charges against the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) include a homicide suspect, a Cincinnati bus driver who collected disability benefits while working two other jobs, and a health care provider who billed BWC for work his company didn’t perform. “Our convictions … Continue reading Eight Ohioans plead to work comp fraud-related charges in May

National Safety Month: Worker wellness and workplace safety – a dynamic duo

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Abbott and Costello, peanut butter and jelly, R2-D2 and C-3PO. Some people, foods and droids are just better together. The same goes for employee wellness and workplace safety. The National Safety Council’s Campbell Institute recently released a report stating workplaces should expand beyond initiatives such as smoking cessation … Continue reading National Safety Month: Worker wellness and workplace safety – a dynamic duo

Ohio murder suspect defrauds state work comp bureau

Northeast Ohio tree trimmer falsified coverage certificate One month after his alleged role in murdering his girlfriend’s other lover in February 2017, Bryan T. Gentry created a phony proof-of-coverage certificate from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to land a tree-trimming job and avoid paying for actual coverage. The Stark County man’s handiwork earned … Continue reading Ohio murder suspect defrauds state work comp bureau

National Safety Month: Will you be ready if disaster strikes?

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer From volcanic eruptions to active shooter situations, the news in recent weeks has been a reminder that unexpected dangers come in many forms and can be just around the corner. Emergency preparedness – the theme of week one of National Safety Month – is also a reminder that … Continue reading National Safety Month: Will you be ready if disaster strikes?

National Safety Month: If you don’t care about your safety, who will?

By Melissa Vince, BWC Public Relations Manager Workplace accidents can uproot our lives in so many ways. Not only do we need medical care and time to recover, we may not be able to quickly return to work or family and community activities. That’s why BWC takes time every June to talk about National Safety … Continue reading National Safety Month: If you don’t care about your safety, who will?