Former police officer convicted for workers’ comp fraud

North Canton man owes BWC $89,000 A retired police officer for the city of Canton pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud Thursday after the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) discovered him working two jobs while claiming to be permanently disabled. James H. Blaine of North Canton must pay BWC $66,481 in restitution and $23,000 … Continue reading Former police officer convicted for workers’ comp fraud

Do you want to know Ohio’s best kept workplace safety secret?

By Ranzy Brown, Safety and Health Consultant, OSHA On-Site Consultation Program Last month, I had the pleasure of teaching a class called The Best Kept Secret in Ohio at the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo.  My presentation let the audience in on this secret: BWC’s OSHA On-Site Consultation Program. Most of the almost 60 people … Continue reading Do you want to know Ohio’s best kept workplace safety secret?

Don’t be shocked or surprised – use lockout/tagout

By Cari Gray, BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a standard called the Control of Hazardous Energy – most folks know it as lockout/tagout. This standard is one of the most important in all of OSHA’s regulations; still many do not understand or do not follow the rules. … Continue reading Don’t be shocked or surprised – use lockout/tagout

Lima business owner conspires with acquaintance to evade workers’ comp coverage

A Lima (Allen County) business owner appeared in court recently after he failed to maintain workers’ compensation insurance coverage and later solicited the help of an acquaintance in an attempt to avoid paying past due premiums. Douglas Fay and Laurel Seiner were sentenced in the Allen County Court of Common Pleas. The Special Investigations Department … Continue reading Lima business owner conspires with acquaintance to evade workers’ comp coverage

A forged relationship: The victimization of a claimant

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department In a September 23, 2011 blog, “Dishonored memories: Deceased claimants with dishonest relatives,” we described how dishonest relatives may express their grief over the death of a loved one quite differently than law-abiding citizens. We noted that criminals may choose to dishonor the memory of deceased … Continue reading A forged relationship: The victimization of a claimant

Ohio border no longer a barrier

Kendra DePaul, Other States Coverage Manager I often wonder how many employers realize the jurisdictional issues associated with having employees working in other states. As you may know, each state has different laws and requirements for workers’ compensation coverage and it is not always easy for employers to know what is required of them in … Continue reading Ohio border no longer a barrier

Marion trucking company owner failed to maintain workers’ comp coverage

MARION - A Marion employer who allowed his workers’ compensation policy to lapse and claimed his employees were subcontractors has been sentenced for failing to comply with the law. Lakhvir S. Sidhu, owner of Liverpool Express, was sentenced Dec. 7 after he failed to cooperate with attempts by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) … Continue reading Marion trucking company owner failed to maintain workers’ comp coverage

Tuscarawas County woman ordered to repay $9K for workers’ comp fraud

Robin Beckett of Dennison (Tuscarawas County) has been ordered to repay more than $9,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation after investigators found she knowingly committed fraud by working in violation of the workplace injury benefits she was receiving. The Special Investigations Department Intelligence Unit noted a database cross-match with the Ohio Department of … Continue reading Tuscarawas County woman ordered to repay $9K for workers’ comp fraud

Do you hear what I hear?

By Jeff Hutchins, Industrial Hygiene Technical Advisor The holiday season is filled with a variety of sounds, from singing children to ringing bells.  But if you have difficulty hearing those children’s voices, or if there is ringing in your ears even when no bells are present, then you may be one of the approximately 10 … Continue reading Do you hear what I hear?

BWC investigations result in five workers’ comp fraud convictions in November

Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced today that five individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio’s workers’ compensation system in November 2015. These court actions are the result of investigations conducted by BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID). “Identifying and weeding out fraud is … Continue reading BWC investigations result in five workers’ comp fraud convictions in November