BWC calls foul on Cleveland youth basketball coach

Coach convicted of workers’ comp fraud Wednesday A basketball coach in Cleveland must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) more than $4,000 after the agency’s investigators found her working while collecting injured-worker benefits. Christine Estrict, aka Christina Estrict, pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud Wednesday in the Franklin … Continue reading BWC calls foul on Cleveland youth basketball coach

Have you inspected your forklift lately?

By Cari Gray, BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist Every day at many work locations, powered industrial trucks (aka forklifts) are sadly being neglected and unloved. Sounds extreme, but it’s true. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard states, “Industrial trucks shall be examined before being placed in service ... Such examination shall be made … Continue reading Have you inspected your forklift lately?

Cleveland-area valet attendant convicted of workers’ comp fraud

BWC also reports four fraud convictions in August A Cleveland-area man collecting disability benefits from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud Monday after investigators found him working as a valet attendant at Southwest General Hospital in Middleburg Heights. Anthony Caputo, 67, paid BWC $4,021 in restitution prior to his … Continue reading Cleveland-area valet attendant convicted of workers’ comp fraud

Ag safety means a continuous focus on doing the right things

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Today through Thursday, our Division of Safety & Hygiene will once again have a presence at the Farm Science Review. For the third straight year, we’ll have a booth at this annual event hosted by The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Preparing for the … Continue reading Ag safety means a continuous focus on doing the right things

2,000 Fraud Hotline calls in 10 months!

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department We have received 2,000 calls since we launched our new Fraud Hotline system ten months ago during International Fraud Awareness Week 2017. The 200 calls a month, means we have received nearly 10 each work day, or more than one every working hour! In our November … Continue reading 2,000 Fraud Hotline calls in 10 months!

Time’s running out to apply for our Safety Innovation Awards!

Attention Ohio employers! The application deadline for the 2018 Safety Innovation Awards is just around the corner. To spotlight innovative Ohio employers and their ingenuity, we’re once again seeking entries for our Safety Innovation Award Program. This annual program awards cash prizes from $1,000 to $6,000 to employers that develop innovative solutions to reduce the risk … Continue reading Time’s running out to apply for our Safety Innovation Awards!

Disasters happen. Are you ready?

By Jodi Lombardo, BWC Employee Safety & Health Administration Manager Disasters happen. Prepare now. Learn how. Those three sentences form the theme for this year's National Preparedness Month. The Federal Emergency Management Agency sponsors National Preparedness Month each September. Its goal is to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, … Continue reading Disasters happen. Are you ready?

Cleveland-area bartender served felony conviction for workers’ comp fraud

Euclid woman owes BWC more than $25K in restitution A Cleveland-area bartender must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) more than $25,000 after pleading guilty Tuesday to a fifth-degree felony count of workers’ compensation fraud. BWC learned in late 2016 that Euclid resident Clarice L. Ward was not attending her physical therapy appointments … Continue reading Cleveland-area bartender served felony conviction for workers’ comp fraud

Sharing strategies to battle the opioid epidemic

By Brian Wilson, DC, BWC Medical Projects Director How do we make headway in combating the opioid epidemic? The fact is there are many answers to that question. We’ve learned here in Ohio that tackling this issue must be a collaborative effort, and we can all learn from each other. I know from my work … Continue reading Sharing strategies to battle the opioid epidemic