March 24, 2018

MIOSHA and WCA Offer Winter Tips for Worker Safety and Reduced Workers’ Compensation Costs

Lansing, MI – As temperatures remain cold and winter hazards increase, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency (WCA), are reminding employers and employees to exercise caution when working outside in the cold and snow. “Every employer’s safety and health program should address protection of their employees from hazards due to extreme weather,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “Providing appropriate…[Continue Reading]

NYCOSH Releases Report, “Deadly Skyline,” Reveals Alarming Increases in New York State Construction Fatalities

New York, NY – The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) released its latest construction fatality report, “Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State.” Researchers found alarming increases in New York State construction fatalities and that employers routinely violate legal regulations with impunity. NYCOSH’s report unveiled a number of findings and recommendations to improve worker safety in New York State. In 2016, New York State…[Continue Reading]

National Safety Council: Application Period Opens for Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards

Itasca, IL – Each year, the National Safety Council and Our Driving Concern honor Texas employers that encourage positive driver behaviors among employees on and off the job through education, training and other activities centered on traffic safety. The Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards program aims to decrease injuries and fatalities that are a result of crashes on state roads. Applications for the 2018 awards are due electronically March 15. “Award winners exemplify the highest standards of…[Continue Reading]

NCCI’s Our System @Work: Ryan’s Story: Amputee Police Officer Finds Ability in Disability

Boca Raton, FL – While issuing a traffic citation on a local highway, Ryan, a 31-year-old police officer, nearly lost his life because of a collision that pinned him between his vehicle and the car he stopped. Suffering a traumatic brain injury, broken vertebrae, and a crushed left leg—and eventually an above-the-knee amputation of his right leg—Ryan survived, but faced a long, difficult road to recovery. With the support of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and his employer, Ryan successfully…[Continue Reading]

CopperPoint, USI Donate $10,000 to Wounded Warrior Project

Phoenix, AZ – USI Insurance Services and CopperPoint Insurance Companies presented The Wounded Warrior Project with $10,000 recently for its work with veterans and military service members. Wounded Warrior ProjectWilliam “Wick” Pilcher, Principle, USI, and CopperPoint President and CEO Marc Schmittlein presented the check to the nonprofit, which serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after…[Continue Reading]

Former New York Giants Player Gets 2 Years in Prison for $1.5M Workers’ Comp Fraud Scheme

Sacramento, CA – Marcus Buckley, 46, of Weatherford, Texas, was recently sentenced by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley to two years in prison and ordered to pay over $1.58 million in restitution, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. According to court documents, Buckley played professional football in the National Football League for seven seasons between 1993 and 2000 with the New York Giants. During this time, the Giants had workers’ compensation insurance coverage through…[Continue Reading]

$1.8 Million Workers’ Comp Scam Leads to the Arrest of FL Company Owner

Jacksonville, FL – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis recently announced the recent arrest of Jeovane Felizardo, owner of JJF Construction Services, LLC, after a workers’ compensation fraud investigation revealed that Felizardo allegedly used various local money service businesses to cash checks in an alleged attempt to illegally conceal his total payroll from his workers’ compensation insurance provider to avoid higher premium costs. Investigators discovered that Felizardo provided…[Continue Reading]

Ohio Employers Receive $341,000 in Workplace Safety Grants

Columbus, OH – Fourteen Ohio employers will share $341,020 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses. BWC approved the Safety Intervention Grants in December. The Safety Intervention Grant program matches an employer’s investment 3-to-1 up to a maximum of $40,000. Quarterly data reports and follow-up case studies measure the effectiveness of employers’ safety…[Continue Reading]

CT Furniture Assembler Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Rocky Hill, CT – A Torrington man who went on social media to pitch his side businesses after an on-the-job injury supposedly rendered him unable to work was recently arrested and charged with illegally collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits. RICKEY FLOWERS, age 44, of 817 South Main Street, Torrington, was arrested by Inspectors from the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney on a warrant charging him with one count of Fraudulent Claim or Receipt of Benefits…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC to Roll Out New, Free Workplace Wellness Program

Columbus, OH – Officials with Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers recently began canvassing the state to announce a new, free workplace wellness program that targets workers who are at greater risk for on-the-job injuries. Called Better You, Better Ohio! and sponsored by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), the program’s goals are to boost employee health, reduce workplace injuries, and save employers money on medical, legal and other costs associated with injury…[Continue Reading]

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