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New BWC rule: rest and rehab before lumbar surgery
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) board of directors approved a rule June 23 discouraging surgery and opioid use in favor of conservative therapy for workers with lower back injuries.

$140 million in workers' comp rebate checks headed to Southwest Ohio employers
CINCINNATI - Employers in the the Southwest Ohio region will collect more than $140 million in rebates from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) in checks that BWC began mailing July 10.

Dayton-Springfield area employers to receive $63 million in work comp rebates
COLUMBUS - The Dayton-Springfield area will collect more than $63 million in rebate checks going out this month as part of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation's $1 billion rebate for Ohio employers, the agency's top executive announced Monday during a visit to a Vandalia company.

$35 million in workers' comp rebate checks headed to East Central Ohio employers
NEWARK - Employers in the East Central Ohio region will collect nearly $35 million in rebates from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) in checks that BWC began mailing this week.

Franklin County employers to receive $126 million in work comp rebates
COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison presented a check for more than $342,000 today to Hirschvogel Inc. during a stop on her statewide tour to promote the agency's $1 billion rebate for Ohio employers.

$15 million in workers' comp rebate checks headed to southern Ohio employers
GALLIPOLIS - Employers in five southern Ohio counties will collect nearly $15 million in rebates from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) in checks the agency began mailing this week.

$79 million in workers' comp rebate checks headed to Northwest Ohio
TOLEDO - Employers in the Northwest Ohio region will collect $79 million in rebates from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation in checks that will be mailed beginning next week.

$33 million in workers' comp rebate checks headed to West Central Ohio
LIMA - Employers in the greater West Central Ohio region will collect $33 million in rebates from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation in checks that will be mailed beginning next week.

Ohio employers receive $732,000 in workplace safety grants
COLUMBUS - Twenty-nine Ohio employers will share more than $732,000 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.

BWC issues RFPs to advance safety, health and wellness of Ohio's workforce
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is seeking suppliers to support new health and safety initiatives expected to launch in early 2018

BWC secures 11 convictions in May
COLUMBUS - Ohioans convicted in May of workers' compensation fraud and related charges include a Cleveland-area man serving time...

Ohio employers receive $677,000 in workplace safety grants
COLUMBUS - Twenty-nine Ohio employers will share $677,000 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.

Cincinnati tax preparer convicted of workers' comp fraud
COLUMBUS - A Cincinnati-area man who claimed to be permanently disabled from work while earning more than $100,000 preparing tax returns owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) nearly $57,000 in restitution.

Office manager gets diversion program for fudging payroll reports
COLUMBUS - A Hocking County woman who falsified payroll reports to save her employer more than $52,000 in workers' compensation premiums will avoid a criminal record for her actions if she successfully completes a diversion program by July 20.

Ohio safety stand-downs focus on preventing falls in the construction industry
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) will join the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls by sponsoring two no-cost fall protection training courses this week focusing on safety in the construction industry.

Federal prisoner adds workers' comp fraud to record
COLUMBUS - A Cleveland-area man serving time in a federal prison on corruption charges added workers' compensation fraud to his rap sheet Monday when he pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree felony in a Franklin County courtroom.

Social networking site reveals work' comp' cheater
COLUMBUS - Most professionals use LinkedIn to showcase their experience, stay connected in the business community and perhaps land that dream job one day. For Kandice M. Klink Jones of Columbus, it didn’t work out so well.

Cleveland doctor sentenced on drug trafficking, fraud charges
COLUMBUS - A Cleveland doctor sentenced last week on felony charges of drug trafficking and workers' compensation fraud paid $30,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) and will no longer work in the BWC system. Dr. Stephen Bernie, 77, also received a six-month suspended prison sentence and a year of probation during his sentencing April 26 in a Cuyahoga County courtroom. Besides the drug and fraud charges, he also pleaded guilty on April 5 to a felony count of tampering with records.

Ohio employers receive $474,000 in workplace safety grants
COLUMBUS - Twenty-six Ohio employers will share more than $474,000 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.

Lt. Governor Taylor, BWC announce $44 million investment in workplace safety and wellness
COLUMBUS - Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today announced a $44 million investment in workplace safety, health and wellness.

Salem company earns rare workplace safety recognition
SALEM - A Salem company is one of just 26 Ohio worksites recognized as a model of workplace safety by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Marietta College invests in workplace safety
MARIETTA - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison visited Marietta today to recognize Marietta College and other local employers for their commitment to workplace safety.

BWC nets nine fraud convictions in March
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation secured nine convictions in March of workers and employers who cheated, or attempted to cheat, the agency out of funds

BWC Pharmacy Director receives Governor's Award for Employee Excellence
COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Pharmacy Director Johnnie Hanna received the Governor's Award for Employee Excellence.

Coal miner digs himself a hole in fraud scheme
COLUMBUS - A former coal miner from northeast Ohio owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) more than $40,000 after BWC investigators found him creating phony employment records to secure BWC cash benefits.

Try as he might, tree trimmer can't cheat BWC and get away with it
COLUMBUS - An Akron tree trimmer with a history of cheating the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) owes more than $17,000 in restitution to the state agency following his guilty plea last month in a Summit County courtroom.

5 convicted on work comp fraud charges in February
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation secured five convictions in February of Ohioans who cheated the agency out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Private employer workers' comp premiums remain at 40 year low
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors today voted to keep the overall average rate level for Ohio private employers steady for the policy year that begins July 1.

BWC proposes another $1 billion workers' comp rebate
COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today proposed a $1 billion rebate for Ohio's private and public employers, the third such rebate since 2013.

Ohio employers earn cash and kudos for creative safety solutions
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) today presented individual awards of up to $6,000 to five Ohio employers who developed innovative solutions to reduce potential workplace injuries.

Man's claim of mistaken identity fools no one; ordered to pay $22K to BWC
COLUMBUS - A Knox County man caught scamming the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) and trying to lie his way out of it was ordered to reimburse the agency $22,578 Tuesday and to pay $1,000 of it within six months or spend six months in jail.

Workplace safety education, expert speakers, live demos to highlight BWC conference
COLUMBUS - The 2017 Ohio Safety Congress amd Expo (OSC17) will run March 8-10 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Cleveland chiropractor convicted of workers' comp fraud
COLUMBUS - A Cleveland chiropractor refunded the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation more than $57,000 on Feb. 15 and agreed to stop treating injured workers in the BWC system after pleading guilty to workers' compensation fraud in a Franklin County courtroom.

Ohio employers receive $895,000 in workplace safety grants
COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison has announced 34 employers will share more than $895,000 in grants.

BWC brings message of safety to Four County Career Center students
ARCHBOLD - Workplace safety was the theme of the day Tuesday at the Four County Career Center...

BWC secures 13 fraud convictions in January
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is owed more than $66,000 in restitution from injured worker claimants who were convicted and sentenced in January on fraud-related charges.

Limo driver takes work comp system for a ride, now owes BWC $80,000
COLUMBUS - A former school bus driver caught working as a limousine driver while receiving injured workers' benefits must pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation $80,000 and serve five years probation.

Ohio employers receive $942,000 in workplace safety grants
COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today announced 41 employers will share more than $942,000 in grants to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.

Convicts stole work comp benefits from family members
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) secured seven fraud-related convictions in December that included two cases where the convicts had stolen injured workers' benefits from family members

Ohio's premier workplace health and safety conference March 8-10 in Columbus
COLUMBUS - Registration is now open for the 2017 Ohio Safety Congress and Expo (OSC17), the largest regional safety and health conference in the U.S.


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