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Columbus – Brooklynn Mieczkowski of Columbus (Franklin County) was ordered to pay more than $10,000 after investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) recorded surveillance video that proved the culinary student was improperly collecting workplace injury benefits.

COLUMBUS - Last year at a homegrown t-shirt shop in Columbus, Governor Kasich joined the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) to announce the Billion Back plan.

Columbus - A Logan (Hocking County) man was ordered to pay more than $2,000 in connection with working while receiving workplace injury benefits.

Columbus – A St. Clairsville (Belmont County) man pleaded guilty to fraud after investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) found he was submitting false paperwork in order to receive workplace injury benefits.

Columbus - A former Mentor (Lake County) man was ordered to pay more than $13,000 in workers' compensation restitution.

Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today announced that 14 individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system in May 2014.

Paint Creek Fire increasing workplace safety to protect first responders
Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today visited the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District (Highland County) to recognize its exceptional efforts to maintain a safe workplace.

BWC service office opening June 16 at Hoover District sit
The Hoover District site will soon become the new location for the area's Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Service Office.

Portage County business owner sentenced for lapsed workers' comp coverage
Columbus - A Ravenna (Portage County) business owner was ordered to pay $3,500 in connection with lapsed workers' compensation coverage. Ronald G. Larlham pleaded guilty May 12 in Portage County Municipal Court to workers' compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.

STEADY U Ohio and BWC partner to prevent falls in construction during National Safety Stand-Down
Columbus, Ohio - The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is sponsoring the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction from June 2 - 6, 2014.

Cleveland's Von Roll receives elite SHARP workplace safety recognition
CLEVELAND - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today recognized Von Roll in Cleveland for attaining Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) status through the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

Businesses around Ohio boast millions of hours worked without injuries
COLUMBUS - Hundreds of businesses around the state were recognized in May for success in keeping their employees safe on the job.

Jefferson County man ordered to repay more than $14K in workers' comp benefits
Columbus - A Wintersville (Jefferson County) man was ordered to repay more than $14,000 in connection with improperly receiving workplace injury benefits. Michael D. Madigan pleaded guilty May 8 in Franklin County Municipal Court to workers' compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Upper Sandusky man ordered to repay more than $22K in workers' comp benefits
COLUMBUS - An Upper Sandusky (Wyandot County) man was ordered to repay more than $22,000 in connection with improperly receiving workplace injury benefits. Gerald Whitacre pleaded guilty May 15 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of workers' compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony.

Private employer workers' comp rates continue to fall
COLUMBUS - Ohio private employers will again benefit from lower overall workers' compensation base-rates with a 6.3% reduction that will take effect July 1.

BWC investigations result in 12 workers' comp fraud convictions in April
Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today announced that 12 individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system in April 2014.

Hilty Home targeting workplace safety
Pandora's Hilty Home today hosted Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer, who presented the business with a $39,600 Safety Intervention Grant check.

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

Rock Creek man ordered to repay more than $9K in workers' comp benefits
Columbus - A Rock Creek (Ashtabula County) man was ordered to repay more than $9,000 in connection with working while receiving workplace injury benefits.

Businesses around Ohio boast millions of hours worked without injuries
COLUMBUS - Hundreds of businesses around the state were recognized in April for success in keeping their employees safe on the job.

Lake County businesses boast millions of hours worked without injuries
COLUMBUS - Thirty seven Lake County businesses were recognized today for their success in keeping their employees safe on the job.

Managed care open enrollment for Ohio employers begins Monday
COLUMBUS - Ohio employers will soon have an opportunity to select a new managed care organization (MCO) to manage health-care services for workers injured on the job.

$1.2 billion workers' comp premium credit headed to Ohio employers
COLUMBUS - Ohio private employers and local governments will soon receive a credit on their workers' compensation bills totaling $1.2 billion.

BWC staff proposes 6.3 percent cut in workers' comp rates
COLUMBUS - Today the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) staff proposed that the Board of Directors approve a 6.3 percent reduction to base rates beginning July 1.

South Euclid woman ordered to repay $32K in workers' comp benefits
Columbus - A South Euclid (Cuyahoga County) woman was ordered to repay more than $32,000 in connection with working while collecting workplace injury benefits.

BWC investigations result in seven workers' comp fraud convictions in March
Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today announced that seven individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers’ compensation system in March 2014.

BWC offers public employers new training tool
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) has launched new Safety Alert fact sheets for public employers to use as an educational tool.

Westerville's Otterbein University, Lake Shore Cryotronics Inc. recognized with Safety Innovations Awards
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) today recognized Westerville-based Otterbein University and Lake Shore Cryotronics Inc., winners in the Safety Innovations Award competition.

National Machine Company recognized with Safety Innovations Award
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) today recognized Stow-based National Machine Company (Summit County), which received an honorable mention in the third annual Safety Innovations Award competition.

Magee's Express Inc. recognized with Safety Innovations Award
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) today recognized West Chester-based Magee's Express Inc. (Butler County), which received an honorable mention in the third annual Safety Innovations Award competition.

Bryan City Schools recognized with Safety Innovations Award
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) today recognized Bryan City Schools (Williams County), which received an honorable mention in the third annual Safety Innovations Award competition.

Advanced Industrial Roofing Inc. recognized with Safety Innovations Award
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) today recognized Massillon-based Advanced Industrial Roofing Inc.

Fraud plans 'scrapped,' Grove City man ordered to repay $30K in workers' comp benefits
Columbus - A Grove City (Franklin County) man was ordered to pay more than $30,000 in restitution for working while collecting workplace injury benefits. Dale Richards pleaded guilty March 12 to workers' compensation fraud.

Macedonia man ordered to pay more than $5K for workers’ comp fraud
Columbus - A Macedonia (Summit County) man was ordered to pay more than $5,000 in restitution for working while collecting workplace injury benefits.

Muskingum County businesses boast millions of hours worked without injuries
COLUMBUS - Ten Muskingum County businesses were recognized today for their success in keeping their employees safe on the job.

Huron County businesses boast millions of hours worked without injuries
COLUMBUS - Ten Huron County businesses were recognized today for their success in keeping their employees safe on the job. The businesses were recognized during a meeting of the Huron County Safety Council, one of more than 80 across the state that serve as partners in the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) efforts to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety

Galion area businesses boast millions of hours worked without injuries
COLUMBUS - Seven Galion area businesses were recognized today for their success in keeping their employees safe on the job. The businesses were recognized during a meeting of the Galion Safety Council, one of more than 80 across the state that serve as partners in the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) efforts to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety.

Guernsey, Noble County businesses boast millions of hours worked without injuries
COLUMBUS - Eight Guernsey and Noble County businesses were recognized today for their success in keeping their employees safe on the job

Central Ohio businesses boast millions of hours worked without injuries
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) today recognized several central Ohio businesses for their success in keeping their employees safe on the job.

BWC investigations result in six workers' comp fraud convictions in February
Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today announced that six individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system in February 2014.

New equipment saves lives while protecting Sandusky County’s first responders
FREMONT - The Sandusky County Emergency Medical Services agency (EMS) today hosted Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer, who presented a $40,000 Safety Intervention Grant check to EMS Director Jeff Jackson to purchase cardiac support pumps that will help first responders better perform CPR while protecting them from on-the-job injuries.

Norwalk's David Price Metal Services awarded grant to support workplace safety
NORWALK - Norwalk's David Price Metal Services, Inc. hosted Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today to highlight steps the company is taking to keep its employees safe on the job.

Marion Industrial Center targeting workplace safety
MARION - The Marion Industrial Center today hosted Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer to demonstrate the steps it is taking to maintain a safe workplace and keep its workers injury-free.

Workplace safety experts, injured Marine to highlight 2014 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) will welcome several nationally recognized experts and speakers at its upcoming annual occupational safety, health and workers' compensation conference.

Lima man fled Ohio after he was caught on camera committing workers' comp fraud
Columbus - A Lima (Allen County) man was ordered to pay nearly $7,000 in restitution and investigative costs for working while collecting workplace injury benefits.

Wooster's Rayco puts workplace safety first
WOOSTER - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today visited Wooster's Rayco Manufacturing, Inc. to recognize the company's exceptional efforts to maintain a safe workplace.

Butler County man ordered to repay nearly $60K in workers' comp death benefits
Columbus - A Monroe (Butler County) man was ordered to repay nearly $60,000 in workers' compensation death benefits. Adam Osterman pleaded guilty Feb. 13 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of workers' compensation fraud, a fifth-degree felony.

BWC investigations result in five workers' comp fraud convictions in January
Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today announced that five individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system in January 2014.

Ohio participation in injury and illness survey to help employers prioritize workplace safety
COLUMBUS - Employers can now find state and national data about non-fatal workplace injuries on the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) website

Chiropractor ordered to pay nearly $70K for workers' comp fraud
COLUMBUS - A Fairfield (Butler County) chiropractor was sentenced to pay nearly $70,000 in restitution and investigation costs to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). Tariq Arif pleaded guilty Jan. 13 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of workers' compensation fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor, as part of a plea agreement.

Workers' comp prescription formulary protects injured workers, saves more than $20 million
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors heard a presentation highlighting the result of changes made to its pharmacy management program in recent years, including a reduction in prescriptions of some of the most commonly overused drugs, and total drug cost savings of more than $20 million since 2011.

Flight attendant lands herself in court for workers' comp fraud
COLUMBUS - A Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County) flight attendant was ordered to repay nearly $4,000 to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for working while receiving workplace injury benefits.

BWC awards City of Xenia $40,000 safety grant
XENIA - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today visited Xenia (Greene County) to recognize the city's exceptional efforts to maintain a safe workplace.

BWC investigations result in five workers' comp fraud convictions in December
Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today announced that five individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio's workers' compensation system in December 2013.

Ohio Safety Congress & Expo registration now open
COLUMBUS - Registration is now open for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) 2014 Safety Congress and Expo (OSC14)


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