Halloween driving safety: Ghouls and goblins just ahead

By Bob Braun, Regional Business Development Manager BWC advocates safe driving all year long, but we all must remember to be especially attentive on the roadways tomorrow. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about … Continue reading Halloween driving safety: Ghouls and goblins just ahead

Lapsed policy costs Columbus cleaner $43,000

BWC wraps three fraud-related cases over the last week The owner of a Columbus cleaning company who continued to run his business after his workers’ compensation insurance lapsed in 2010 paid more than $43,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) at his court hearing Oct. 18. Gyorgy Benedek, owner of Maintenance … Continue reading Lapsed policy costs Columbus cleaner $43,000

Look out for our deer friends on the road

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer It’s autumn in Ohio and you know what that means: crisp air, football, falling leaves … and deer darting out in front of you while you’re driving. Mating season and the clearing of fields means deer are on the move, which increases the chances of them being in the … Continue reading Look out for our deer friends on the road

Have you heard? Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable

By Jeffrey Hutchins, Industrial Hygiene Technical Advisor Hearing loss is something that can affect any of us not only at work, but in every aspect of our lives. However, because noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) happens gradually over time, many of us don’t give it the attention it deserves. That’s why the National Institute on Deafness … Continue reading Have you heard? Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable

BWC reports 7 fraud-related convictions in September

Six Ohioans and a Florida resident owing the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) more than $450,000 in back premiums and restitution were convicted on fraud or fraud-related charges in September. Those convicted include a Jackson Twp. business owner who misclassified his employees and underreported his payroll to shave $350,000 off his BWC premiums. Others … Continue reading BWC reports 7 fraud-related convictions in September

Six safety tips to prevent falls this autumn

By Michelle Francisco, BWC Safety Council Program Manager The autumn season is finally here but as the temperatures start to cool and the leaves begin to sweep the ground, it’s important to think about another kind of fall – the kind that brings about numerous injuries each year – and the steps we can all … Continue reading Six safety tips to prevent falls this autumn

Taxi service owes BWC $55K in back premiums

Owner pleads guilty to ‘failure to comply’ with workers’ comp law The owner of a taxi service in southwest Ohio who owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation more than $55,000 in back premiums has until December to enter a repayment plan with the agency or he could face jail time and fines. James M. … Continue reading Taxi service owes BWC $55K in back premiums

Safety is brewing in a growing Ohio industry

By Bernie Silkowski, Director of Loss Prevention Operations Since 1912, Ohio's workers' compensation system has helped workers and employers cope with workplace injuries. But central to our mission is preventing those injuries from ever occurring in the first place. Fewer accidents and injuries mean safe, healthy, skilled and productive employees. While all jobs come with … Continue reading Safety is brewing in a growing Ohio industry