For immediate release: October 25, 2013
BWC continues trend of lowering local government rates
Three year savings approaches $70 million
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Board of Directors today approved an average rate reduction of 1.6 percent for public
employer taxing districts. The change will result in Ohio's 3,900 cities, counties, townships, villages, schools and special districts paying
an estimated $3.9 million less in premium in 2014. Combined with 5 percent rate reductions adopted in 2012 and 2013, BWC will be collecting a
cumulative estimated $68.3 million less than if the 2011 rates had remained in place.
"We're pleased to continue our trend of reducing rates and helping local governments keep workers' compensation costs in check," said BWC
Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "In addition to keeping average rates at their lowest point in 30 years, we've returned $128 million in rebates
to local governments, and we've tripled to $15 million the amount of safety intervention grants, which are a popular way to stretch local dollars
while improving worker safety."
The decrease represents a reduction to the average of the collectible rates for public employer taxing districts. Actual premium changes for
individual public entities will differ based on several factors including their manual classification (the exact type of entity they are), as
well as their own recent claims history and program participation.
Buehrer also used the opportunity to encourage public employers to take full advantage of the bureauâ€™s rate-savings and safety programs. Public
employers have through the end of October to sign up for certain Destination: Excellence programs. Destination: Excellence is a bundle of programs
that reward employers for keeping their workplace safe and getting injured workers healthy and back to work sooner.
He also noted that hundreds of public employers and thousands of public employees have benefited from safety programming through BWC's Division of
Safety & Hygiene. That includes the safety grants program, which provides three-to-one matching funds up to $40,000 for employers to purchase equipment
that will substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses.
Public or private sector employers wanting to know more about money saving programs and services are encouraged to call 1-800-OHIO-BWC or visit
The next meeting of the BWC Board of Directors is scheduled for Friday, November 22, 2013.
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