High-hazard employers find success with BWC consulting program

By Ben Smigielski, BWC Occupational Safety & Hygiene Fellow It’s amazing how 10 words – We’re strictly consultative. We cannot issue citations or propose penalties – can ease the minds of employers when they hear them from a BWC OSHA on-site consultant. When most employers hear the word “OSHA,” they instantly think of the federal … Continue reading High-hazard employers find success with BWC consulting program

Ohio BWC honored to host national conference

Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success By Kendra DePaul, BWC Other States Coverage Manager Almost 500 workers’ comp professionals traveled to Cleveland the week of July 21 for the 2019 American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF) Annual Conference. We are happy to report the conference was a resounding success! … Continue reading Ohio BWC honored to host national conference

Mosquitos and spiders and snakes, oh my!

By Gabrielle Tharp, BWC Occupational Safety & Hygiene Fellow With summer in full swing, we’re more exposed to outdoor hazards, such as insects and snakes. As an outdoor worker, it is important you know the kinds of pests you may encounter during the workday. Below are tips for identifying these critters and keeping yourself safe. … Continue reading Mosquitos and spiders and snakes, oh my!

AASCIF 2018: Connecting with industry peers and experts

By Kendra DePaul, BWC Other States Coverage Manager Each year BWC staff participates in the Annual Conference of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF). This year, SFM Mutual Insurance Company hosted the conference in Minneapolis. SFM was a generous host providing educational sessions, informative panels and networking opportunities to the attendees. BWC … Continue reading AASCIF 2018: Connecting with industry peers and experts

Celebrate National Nurses Week, Day: May 6 – 12

Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence By Mary Charney, BWC Director of Nursing Inspire, Innovate, Influence. That’s the theme for National Nurses Week, which runs from Sunday, May 6, to Saturday, May 12 (National Nurses Day celebrating Florence Nightingale’s birthday). This year’s theme also reflects the important role nurses have in holistically caring for Ohio’s injured workers … Continue reading Celebrate National Nurses Week, Day: May 6 – 12

Finding a way: Injured worker triumphs through tragedy

Brad Hurtig, a double amputee, inspires audience at BWC medical symposium By Tony Gottschlich, BWC Public Information Officer The workplace accident that took Brad Hurtig’s hands in 2002 could have taken so much more from the high school student-athlete — his place as a star linebacker on the football team, his hopes, dreams and career … Continue reading Finding a way: Injured worker triumphs through tragedy

Ohio employers receive $341,000 in workplace safety grants

Fourteen Ohio employers will share $341,020 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses. BWC approved the Safety Intervention Grants in December. The recipient employers operate in eleven counties around the state, including: Cuyahoga County Lake County Marion County Mercer … Continue reading Ohio employers receive $341,000 in workplace safety grants

Sharing insights and achievements in workers’ comp

By Kendra DePaul, BWC Other States Coverage Manager In workers’ comp, we sure do love our acronyms. One of my favorites is the IAIABC which states for the International Association of Industrial Accident Board and Commission. The IAIABC is an association that brings together workers’ compensation administrators, regulators and leaders to discuss policy and regulatory … Continue reading Sharing insights and achievements in workers’ comp

Striving for world class

By Bill Teets, BWC Communications Director It is no secret that successful organizations have a strong sense of direction and purpose. At the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, we want to be a world class insurer. We have a clear mission to “protect Ohio’s workers and employers through the prevention, care and management of workplace injuries … Continue reading Striving for world class

Collaboration among states improves program

By Kendra DePaul, BWC Other States Coverage Manager In late August, underwriting consultant Julie Phillips and I traveled to the User’s Conference for Other States Coverage. The conference was hosted by United States Insurance Services (USIS) who is the vendor we work with, along with Zurich American Insurance to offer workers’ comp coverage outside the … Continue reading Collaboration among states improves program