December 16, 2017

Safety National Awards 2017 Safety First Grant for Creative Risk Control Solutions

St. Louis, MO – Safety National awarded the annual Safety First Grant to three policyholders for their creative risk control solutions. The first-place grant, in the amount of $10,000, was awarded to Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs to purchase garbage can assistive lifting devices to alleviate injuries due to heavy lifting while emptying garbage cans into dumpsters. The second-place grant, in the amount of $5,000, was awarded to Capital Region Educational…[Continue Reading]

WY State Occupational Epidemiologist Releases Annual Report on Workplace Fatalities

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) recently released an updated Work-Related Fatal Injuries report. The report, which provides analysis over years 2012-2016 and is the second multi-year report, reveals a complete view of recent fatality patterns in the state by industry and cause. Wyoming continues to have one of the highest occupational fatality rates in the country. In 2016, the State Occupational Epidemiologist identified 27 workplace fatalities…[Continue Reading]

NY State Prison Guard Faked Medical Reports, Stole $30k in Workers’ Comp While Not Working

Albany, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced the arrest of a New York State Corrections Officer on charges he defrauded the Worker’s Compensation system by more than $30,000 by submitting dozens of forged and falsified medical records so he could avoid working but still get full pay. Kristopher Cowan, who is employed by the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision as a Corrections Officer at Coxsackie Correctional Facility…[Continue Reading]

CA Labor Commissioner Stresses Importance of Valid Workers’ Comp Insurance

Oakland, CA – Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su is reminding employers they must maintain valid workers’ compensation insurance coverage or its equivalent. Employers who purchased insurance with American Labor Alliance and CompOne USA are advised that the companies are not licensed to sell insurance in California. “Employers who bought workers’ compensation insurance policies from these two firms do not have policies that meet the requirement to provide coverage and must…[Continue Reading]

CA Father and Son Sentenced in $400,000 Workers’ Comp Scheme

Salinas, CA – Jaime Rosario Del Real, 61, and son Israel Del Real, 37, both recently pleaded guilty to four felony counts for their role in a $400,000 insurance fraud scheme denying workers’ compensation insurance and medical care for injured workers. The father and son duo were sentenced to 250 days in jail, 10 years felony probation, and ordered to pay $382,951 in restitution. This case was prosecuted by the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. “Business owners are…[Continue Reading]

NC Workplace Injury and Illness Rate Unchanged from Previous Year

Raleigh, NC – New figures show North Carolina’s workplace injury and illness rate for private industry in 2016 was statistically unchanged from its historic low in 2015. The 2016 rate is 2.5 cases per 100 full-time workers, compared to 2.6 in 2015. The Tar Heel state remains one of the safest states in which to work with a rate below the national average of 2.9 cases per 100 full-time workers. “I take great pride in the fact that North Carolina’s injury and illness rate has dropped…[Continue Reading]

SFM Foundation Ladies’ Night Out Brings in More Than $30,000 for Scholarship Fund

Bloomington, MN – The SFM Foundation hosted its sixth annual Ladies’ Night Out fundraiser on Friday, November 3. The Foundation raised more than $30,000 for scholarships that night, marking the highest total ever for this event. “The process of bringing this evening together has proven a very rewarding experience,” said event organizer Ashley Punches. “The funds we raise at this event go a long way to help make higher education affordable for some very deserving families…[Continue Reading]

CT Man Charged with Illegally Collecting Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Rocky Hill, CT – A Woodbridge man was recently arrested and charged with illegally collecting more than $30,000 in Workers’ Compensation benefits while he was working for another company. Michael Steinfeld was arrested by Inspectors from the Workers Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney on an arrest warrant charging him with one count of Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Steinfeld collected approximately…[Continue Reading]

Not Easy Being Green: Ohio Florist Convicted of Workers’ Comp Fraud

Columbus, OH – The owner of a Cleveland flower shop owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) nearly $32,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in late September. Mary Green, the owner of Green Thumb Florists, was ordered to pay BWC $31,562, sentenced to five years of community control and fined $315 after pleading guilty Sept. 27 to one fourth-degree felony count of workers compensation fraud in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas…[Continue Reading]

Former OH Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Charges Related to Fabricated Shooting Incident

New Philadelphia, OH – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently announced that a former officer with the Newcomerstown Police Department has pleaded guilty to charges accusing him of fabricating a story about being shot in the line of duty. This afternoon, Bryan Eubanks, 37, pleaded guilty to the following charges: One count of inducing panic, a felony of the fifth degree, One count of making false alarms, a felony of the fifth degree, One count of workers’ compensation fraud, a…[Continue Reading]

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