Oh, the weather outside is frightful – winter weather slips and falls

By Rich Gaul, Safety Technical Advisor Winter is upon us in Ohio, and with it comes icy conditions. Slips and falls are some of the most frequent types of injuries, especially during the winter months. Even walking to and from parking lots or between buildings at work during the winter requires special attention to avoid … Continue reading Oh, the weather outside is frightful – winter weather slips and falls

Ergonomics: Challenges and Opportunities

Delia E. Treaster, Ph.D., CPE, Ergonomic Technical Advisor In recognition of National Ergonomics Month, this blog is part two of a two-part series focusing on ergonomics in the workplace. In our recent blog we talked about how participatory ergonomics is effective in reducing overexertion injuries. Participatory ergonomics is a long-term investment. It takes time to … Continue reading Ergonomics: Challenges and Opportunities

Winter is coming! Protect your workers from icy perils

By Rich Gaul, BWC Safety Technical Adviser Winter is right around the corner. Are you and your employees ready for the harsh conditions of the season? Taking some simple steps can help protect your employees from ailments caused by exposure to low temperatures, wind, and moisture. The two primary health risks in cold weather are … Continue reading Winter is coming! Protect your workers from icy perils

Have you heard? Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable

By Jeffrey Hutchins, Regional Loss Prevention Manager Hearing loss is something that can affect any of us not only on the job, 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 … Continue reading Have you heard? Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday, Nov. 7.

Delia Treaster, PhD, CPE, BWC Ergonomic Technical Advisor It's almost time for the end of Daylight Saving Time. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, we return to Eastern Standard Time. We gain an extra hour as we "fall back," but despite this advantage, this biannual ritual of changing our clocks can mess with our … Continue reading Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday, Nov. 7.

Office manager sentenced to pay back over $30K

Crystal Posey was found guilty of one count of workers’ compensation fraud and must pay back $30,278.61 to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). BWC’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) found Crystal Posey began working as an office manager for a chiropractic clinic in 2015 and was still employed at the end of the investigation. Evidence … Continue reading Office manager sentenced to pay back over $30K

Reducing Overexertion Injuries

By Delia E. Treaster, Ph.D., CPE, Ergonomic Technical Advisor In recognition of National Ergonomics Month, this blog is part one of a two-part series focusing on ergonomics in the workplace Overexertion injuries cost Ohio employers nearly $134 million and accounted for almost 24% of accepted BWC claims in 2019.  An overexertion can occur when you … Continue reading Reducing Overexertion Injuries

Agriculture safety means continuous focus on doing the right thing

By Bruce Loughner, CSP, Technical Safety Resource Consultant The annual Farm Science Review serves as a reminder to protect farm workers from hazards that may lead to injury or death. The event, sponsored by The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Science, focuses on education in the agricultural industry. Whether you plan … Continue reading Agriculture safety means continuous focus on doing the right thing

Former doctor sentenced to pay back over $500K

Former New Albany doctor, Khaled Amr, admitted to staging a break-in at his Columbus practice for a fraudulent insurance claim and running a pill mill. Amr was sentenced to spend five years on probation and ordered to forfeit more than a half-million dollars. Amr was arrested in 2019 at his home, where he was found … Continue reading Former doctor sentenced to pay back over $500K

Spine Research Institute partnership aims to prevent back injuries

By Mike Lampl, Research and Grants Director According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, back injuries account for nearly 20% of all injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Because of the prevalence of back-related injuries, BWC has been devoted to preventing and treating them for many years. In the mid-1980s, leadership at BWC approached … Continue reading Spine Research Institute partnership aims to prevent back injuries