My experience in BWC’s Safety Leaders Fellowship Program

By Meleesha Hodge, BWC Occupational Safety & Hygiene Fellow After graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 2018, I struggled to figure out what career path was right for me. I had obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences but did not have much experience in that field. I knew to thrive in … Continue reading My experience in BWC’s Safety Leaders Fellowship Program

BWC safety grants protect worker health, save employers time, money

NIOSH-BWC study published in industry journal By Steve Naber, Ph.D., BWC Business Intelligence and Analytics Manager For more than 10 years, our Division of Safety & Hygiene has enjoyed the benefits of being in a cooperative research program with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Through the program, we share claims with … Continue reading BWC safety grants protect worker health, save employers time, money

Stand down focuses on keeping workers safe in trenches

By Michael Marr, BWC Safety Technical Resources Consultant In February, a 34-year-old worker died when a trench he was working in collapsed in Licking County. Just last month, a trench collapse killed two workers in Starkville, Mississippi. Unfortunately, these tragic incidents are reminders of the potential dangers of trenching and excavation work. However, most trenching … Continue reading Stand down focuses on keeping workers safe in trenches

This safety council meeting was a life-saver – literally

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer With Thanksgiving just days away, Don Croy has a lot to be thankful for – most of all that he’s still here to celebrate it. The 63-year-old business owner, father, and grandfather from Ottawa, Ohio, says going to a local safety council meeting in late February literally saved … Continue reading This safety council meeting was a life-saver – literally

Talk safety with us at the Farm Science Review

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer With nearly 78,000 farms producing $9.3 billion in revenue, Ohio is one of the top five states in the U.S. for agriculture. This robust industry remains a critical component of Ohio’s economy and one of the state’s major industries for employment. It’s also high-hazard work with great potential … Continue reading Talk safety with us at the Farm Science Review

‘Walking down grain’ is a deadly operation (Don’t do it)

Two workplace deaths in July heighten awareness for grain bin safety By Bruce Loughner CSP, BWC Technical Safety Advisor This is my second blog post on deadly grain bin accidents this year, and I hope it’s the last. But as a safety professional for the state of Ohio, I feel obligated to spread the word … Continue reading ‘Walking down grain’ is a deadly operation (Don’t do it)

Looking out for aging workers

May is Older Americans Month By Stephanie McCloud, Administrator/CEO, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Americans are living longer, and they’re working longer too. Today, one in every five American workers is over 65, and in 2020, one in four American workers will be over 55, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the … Continue reading Looking out for aging workers

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!

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!