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2016 press releases

BWC investigators net 8 fraud convictions in November
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation secured eight convictions in November on cases involving workers' compensation fraud, including two cases where suspects were found living and working in Florida.

Auto mechanic owes BWC $132,000 for workers' comp fraud
COLUMBUS - A Southern Ohio man who collected injured workers' benefits for four years while running an automobile repair shop out of his residence must pay $132,239 in restitution.

BWC investigative unit nets 9 fraud convictions in October
COLUMBUS - A nurse who stole a dead patient's electronic benefits card and a Southwest Ohio man who injured himself after using his employer's tractor to go to a bar are among nine Ohioans convicted of workers' compensation fraud in October

Cincinnati woman who stole from mother guilty of workers' comp fraud
COLUMBUS - A Cincinnati woman who stole her disabled mother's workers' compensation benefits to support her drug habit must pay more than $43,000 in restitution to her mother and the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Morrison appoints new field operations chief
COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison announced today the appointment of a veteran health care executive and author on organizational change as the bureau's new chief of field operations.

Study reflects Ohio's rising standing among nation's workers' comp carriers
COLUMBUS - Ohio continues to ascend the rankings of a biennial study that compares national workers' compensation rates.

Lima company showcases robotic arm for preventing employee injuries
LIMA - Randall Bearings Inc. today welcomed Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison to its Greenlawn Avenue headquarters to showcase a new tool that protects its employees from injury.

Braun appointed BWC Southwest Ohio business development manager
COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today announced the appointment of Bob Braun as business development manager for the Cincinnati and Dayton regions.

BWC's Special Investigations lands 9 fraud convictions in September
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) netted nine convictions in September in criminal cases related to workers' compensation fraud.

Safety of workers - and man's best friend - focus at local veterinary office
REYNOLDSBURG - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today visited Reynoldsburg's Rosehill Veterinary Hospital to recognize the company for its commitment to the safety of its workers and the family pet.

BWC spotlights workplace safety in Cincinnati in advance of Manufacturing Day
CINCINNATI - In advance of Friday's Manufacturing Day, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today visited Cincinnati's Richards Industries to recognize the company for its commitment to workplace safety.

Morrison appoints Kevin Cogan BWC's chief legal counsel
COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison announced today the appointment of Kevin Cogan as the bureau's Chief Legal Counsel.

Northeast Ohio business owner convicted of workers comp fraud
COLUMBUS - The owner of a tree service company in Medina County who cancelled his policy with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation in 2004 pleaded guilty to workers' compensation fraud last week.

New workers' comp opioid prescribing rule effective Oct. 1
COLUMBUS - A new rule governing the prescribing of opioids to treat Ohioans injured on the job takes effect Saturday.

Teachable moment: Cleveland woman falsifies student status, must repay BWC $54,000
COLUMBUS - A Cleveland woman pleaded guilty Monday to workers' compensation fraud after investigators found she deceived the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) about her student status.

Safety report shows decline of workplace injuries in Ohio
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors was briefed during yesterday's meeting of its Medical Services and Safety Committee on a report showing the declining rate of workplace injuries in Ohio is outpacing the nation.

BWC's Special Investigations nets 8 convictions in August
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) netted eight convictions in August in criminal cases related to workers' compensation fraud.

BWC awards Ohio universities funding for workplace safety research
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has awarded grants totaling more than $900,000 to two Ohio universities to conduct research in occupational health and safety.

Ohio employers invited to enter Safety Innovations Awards Program
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is seeking entries for the 2017 Safety Innovations Program.

Fugitive with double identity convicted of workers' comp fraud
COLUMBUS - A Toledo man with a long arrest record was convicted of workers' compensation fraud last week after investigators discovered he had lied to his physician and used a fake identity to collect injured workers' benefits.

BWC's Special Investigations Dept nets 6 convictions in July
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation netted six convictions in July in criminal cases related to workers' compensation fraud.

BWC's Special Investigations Dept nets seven convictions in June
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation netted eight convictions in June in criminal cases related to workers' compensation fraud.

BWC spotlights workplace safety in Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today recognized Greystone Health and Rehabilitation Center of Cambridge for its commitment to workplace safety.

BWC to Ohio employers: Time to 'true-up'
COLUMBUS - With the state's new fiscal year now underway, the Bureau of Workers' Compensation is calling on its private employer members to participate in the final step of the agency's transition to prospective billing.

BWC spotlights workplace safety in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today joined Springfield's Carmichael Machine to highlight the importance of workplace safety.

New workers' comp option helping businesses expand
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has just issued its 100th policy under the Other States Coverage program, a new option that protects Ohio businesses with employees who work in other states.

Voc rehab provider sentenced on workers' comp fraud
COLUMBUS - A northeast Ohio woman who runs a vocational rehabilitation services business must pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation nearly $56,000 as part of her sentence for committing workers' compensation fraud.

Decot appointed BWC legislative director
COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today announced Elle Decot has joined the agency as its legislative director.

BWC nets 2 convictions of Cleveland day care operators
COLUMBUS - In separate cases on back-to-back days, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation netted two convictions of Cleveland-area day care center operators who refused to pay their workers' compensation premiums.

BWC workers' comp fraud investigations result in five convictions in May
Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison announced today that five individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system

BWC spotlights workplace safety in Mt. Vernon
MT. VERNON - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison marked National Safety Month today with a visit to Mt. Vernon's Ohio Eastern Star Home.

BWC to distribute $15 million rebate to Ohio counties
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has determined how much money individual counties will receive from a statewide $15 million rebate the BWC Board of Directors approved May 26.

BWC Offers Unique Occupational Safety and Hygiene Fellowship
Columbus - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is taking applications for a new fellowship program.

National Safety Month Highlights Importance of Workplace Safety Education and Injury Prevention
Columbus - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) joins the National Safety Council in recognizing June as National Safety Month,

Workers' comp opioid prescribing rule approved
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors approved a new opioid prescribing rule aimed at preventing opioid dependence.

BWC announces $15 million rebate to Ohio counties
COLUMBUS - Citing strong investment returns, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison announced a one-time $15 million rebate to Ohio's 88 county governments.

Safety councils recognized for leadership in promoting workplace safety
COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Acting Administrator and CEO Sarah Morrison today announced the annual safety council of the year award winners.

BWC investigations result in eight workers' comp fraud convictions in April
Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Acting Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison announced today that eight individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system in April 2016.

Workers' Comp open enrollment for Ohio employers begins Monday
COLUMBUS - The open enrollment period for Ohio employers to select organizations to manage medical treatment for their workers injured on the job will begin Monday, May 2 and continue until Friday, May 27.

BWC proposes workers' comp opioid prescribing rule
COLUMBUS = Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Acting Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today announced a proposed new opioid prescribing rule to support the health and safety of Ohio's injured workers.

BWC investigations result in four workers' comp fraud convictions in March
Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced today that four individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system in March 2016.

Youngstown woman owes $94K after pleading guilty to workers' comp fraud
YOUNGSTOWN - A Youngstown (Mahoning County) woman has been ordered to repay the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) nearly $94,000 in workplace injury benefits she collected illegally.

Undercover video proves Painesville handyman's workers' comp
Columbus - A Painesville (Lake County) business owner was sentenced March 18 for workers' compensation fraud and ordered to repay the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) more than $74,000.

BWC Board Approves 8.6 Percent Average Premium Reduction for Private Employers
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Board of Directors today approved an 8.6 percent reduction in overall average rates for the state's private employers.

BWC investigations result in 17 workers' comp fraud convictions in February
Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced today that 17 individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system in February 2016.

BWC presents Safety Innovations awards to five Ohio employers
COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today presented five employers with awards in the Safety Innovations Competition.

New workers' comp option now available to Ohio employers operating in other states
COLUMBUS - A new workers' compensation coverage insurance option is now available to eligible Ohio businesses for their employees who work in other states.

BWC proposes another private employer rate reduction
COLUMBUS - A proposal presented today to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors would reduce overall average rates for the state's private employers by 8.6 percent and decrease projected annual premiums by $113 million next year

BWC to host first annual Medical and Health Symposium
COLUMBUS - Physicians, chiropractors, clinicians and others involved in the care of injured workers are invited to attend the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) first ever Medical and Health Symposium.

BWC investigations result in four workers' comp fraud convictions in January
Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced today that four individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system in January 2016.

Columbus home health aides sentenced for workers' comp fraud
COLUMBUS - Two Columbus women who were working as home health aides were sentenced for two separate cases of workers' compensation fraud in Franklin County courtrooms last week.

BWC investigations result in nine workers' comp fraud convictions in December
Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced today that nine individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers’ compensation system in December 2015.

Ohio employers' road to workplace safety starts at OSC16
COLUMBUS - Registration is now open for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) 2016 Safety Congress and Expo (OSC16), which will take place March 9-11 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

New workers' comp resources for Spanish speaking Ohioans
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) today announced a new resource for Spanish speaking employers and injured workers.


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