BWC, ODJFS: Online training to help injured workers

OhioMeansJobs webinars available for continuing education credit By Tina Elliott, Director, BWC Return to Work Services To help Ohio’s injured workers return to work, we’re continuing our partnership with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) through its OhioMeansJobs.com website. A recording of our joint training series with ODJFS is now available online. … Continue reading BWC, ODJFS: Online training to help injured workers

Physician’s note: Start the back-to-work conversation

A first-appointment transitional plan can help an injured worker before the claim is approved By Adam King, BWC Public Information Officer Constance was working a late shift when she slipped and fell. She jarred her arm and wrist trying to catch herself and twisted her back as she landed awkwardly. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ … Continue reading Physician’s note: Start the back-to-work conversation

Toledo contractor owes BWC $57K following fraud conviction

Lapsed policy, refusal to cooperate costs Holland man By Tony Gottschlich, BWC Public Information Officer A Toledo-area contractor owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) nearly $57,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in a Toledo courtroom last month. Eric L. Hughes, 53, of Holland, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony … Continue reading Toledo contractor owes BWC $57K following fraud conviction

BWC, area fire departments offering safety stand-down events this week

By Erik Harden, Public Information Officer Statistics from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health show firefighters have a 9% higher risk of a cancer diagnosis and a 14% higher risk of dying from cancer than the general public. The 2019 Firefighter Stand-Down, happening this week, is focusing on this hazard with its theme … Continue reading BWC, area fire departments offering safety stand-down events this week

Walking the walk: BWC, Ohio connect recovery to employment at the Kennedy Forum

By Dr. Terrence Welsh, BWC Chief Medical Officer, Forum panel member I was honored to be a part of last week’s Kennedy Forum 2019 in Chicago! The mission of this annual event is to create lasting change in the way mental health and addictions are treated in our healthcare system. The forum envisions parity in … Continue reading Walking the walk: BWC, Ohio connect recovery to employment at the Kennedy Forum

BWC chief executive visits southwest Ohio businesses to mark National Safety Month

Companies used BWC safety grants to reduce workplace hazards BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud visited a nonprofit business in Centerville and a craft brewery in Cincinnati today to mark National Safety Month and thank the businesses for investing in safety. In her morning visit to the nonprofit Friends of the Castle in the Dayton suburb of … Continue reading BWC chief executive visits southwest Ohio businesses to mark National Safety Month

BWC secures six convictions in May

Five Ohio workers and one business owner were convicted in May on workers’ compensation fraud and related charges. The six convictions raise BWC’s total convictions for the 2019 calendar year to 38. “When people cheat the BWC system, they are cheating the employers and hard-working Ohioans across this state who play by the rules,” said … Continue reading BWC secures six convictions in May

National Safety Month targets preventable accidents

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer According to the National Safety Council’s (NSC’s) Injury Facts, three people in the U.S. die every 10 minutes from preventable accidents. To raise awareness of the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities, the NSC designates each June … Continue reading National Safety Month targets preventable accidents