Employer compliance supervisor is BWC’s Fraud Finder of the Year

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department An employer compliance supervisor in the Cincinnati Service Office received the 2018 Fraud Finder of the Year award Feb. 21 from BWC’s special investigations department (SID). The supervisor received the award for alerting SID to a case in which an employer failed to report payroll and … Continue reading Employer compliance supervisor is BWC’s Fraud Finder of the Year

Learn, plan, and act to prevent grain bin tragedies

By Bruce Loughner CSP, BWC Technical Safety Advisor I recall hearing about a grain bin accident that occurred years ago, but it has stuck with me ever since. Three young boys entered a grain bin with the task of breaking up the corn inside to keep it flowing. In the end, only one boy came … Continue reading Learn, plan, and act to prevent grain bin tragedies

Logan County man sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

On the day he was sentenced to prison for breaking and entering, gross sexual imposition, burglary and other charges, a Bellefontaine man was also ordered to pay nearly $6,400 in restitution to his employer and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for collecting disability benefits while secretly working another job. Joseph A. Wilson, 32, … Continue reading Logan County man sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

It’s severe weather season! Are you prepared?

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer You know the saying about March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb? Well, there’s some truth to it. With winter transitioning to spring, March can give Ohioans everything from blizzard conditions and extreme cold to flooding rains and tornadoes. That’s why the Ohio … Continue reading It’s severe weather season! Are you prepared?

Prison, hefty restitution ordered for Cleveland fraudster

Contractor collected $246K in disability from BWC, Social Security A Cleveland-area man was sentenced to seven months in prison Wednesday and ordered to repay nearly $246,000 in disability benefits he fraudulently received from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and the Social Security Administration. Louis C. Cooper, 57, of North Royalton, previously pleaded guilty … Continue reading Prison, hefty restitution ordered for Cleveland fraudster

OSC19 – It was great to connect with YOU!

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Thank you to all who made a workplace safety and health connection with us last week at the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2019 (OSC19)! More than 8,000 attendees joined us for three days of workplace safety and health education, in-depth workshops, live demonstrations and much more. And … Continue reading OSC19 – It was great to connect with YOU!

Violence against EMS workers a real threat

Self defense training, fitness needed, firefighter tells Ohio Safety Congress & Expo By Tony Gottschlich, Media Relations Public Information Officer Firefighters and paramedics are in the business of saving lives, but few are prepared to save their own when they encounter hostile situations on the job, a firefighter/paramedic and self-defense coach told an audience Friday … Continue reading Violence against EMS workers a real threat

Reversing the opioid epidemic

Pain expert argues for systematic effort By Tony Gottschlich, BWC Public Information Officer, Media Relations The opioid crisis afflicting the nation is “the worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history” and the United States needs a systematic effort to reverse it, a leading pain and workers’ compensation expert told a group of Ohio employers and … Continue reading Reversing the opioid epidemic

Welcome to day 3 of connecting at OSC19!

We hope you’re enjoying everything OSC19 has to offer! Our final day will feature a host of lectures, workshops and another live demo covering important safety and health topics. Day two was a busy one! Colette Carlson, founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc., kicked off the day with an informative and fun talk about the … Continue reading Welcome to day 3 of connecting at OSC19!

‘A split second’ nearly cost safety expert his life

Banged up but grateful, Derek Sang addresses Ohio Safety Congress By Tony Gottschlich, Media Relations Public Information Officer Derek Sang has worked his entire career in safety. He’s delivered 250 seminars on the subject across the globe, and he’s a frequent keynote speaker on the hazards of arc flash, flash fire and general safety. The … Continue reading ‘A split second’ nearly cost safety expert his life