March 24, 2018

Ohio Cleaning Company Owner Soils Record with Fraud Conviction

Columbus, OH -The owner of a Hudson, Ohio, cleaning business must serve 30 days under house arrest and pay $14,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud Jan. 9. Amanda Joy Klapp, owner of Amanda Joy’s Cleaning Company, also must bring her BWC coverage into compliance within 30 days and pay $750 in fines. “Our agents found Ms. Klapp trying to cheat BWC in a number of ways,” said Jim Wernecke, director of…[Continue Reading]

Ohio BWC Announces March Workplace Health and Safety, Medical Conferences

Columbus, OH – Registration is now open for two annual conferences hosted by Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC18) is the largest regional safety and health conference in the U.S. and will run March 7-9 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. BWC’s Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium for Ohio health care providers will be held in conjunction with OSC18 March 8 and 9, also at the Convention Center. “Safety is a team effort…[Continue Reading]

WA Construction Company Owner Faces Manslaughter Charges Over Worker’s Trench Death

Olympia, WA – Criminal manslaughter charges recently against the owner of a Seattle-area construction firm make a clear statement about the responsibility of companies to keep workers safe on the job, and the serious consequences if they knowingly don’t. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed second-degree manslaughter charges against Phillip Numrich, the owner of Alki Construction, in connection with the death of Harold Felton. Felton was killed when the dirt walls of the trench he was…[Continue Reading]

WY DWS: Workers’ Compensation Premium Credit Window Expiring Soon

Cheyenne, WY – The ability to claim a premium credit for Wyoming employers enrolled in the workers’ compensation program is set to expire on January 31, 2018. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) started issuing premium credits to eligible Wyoming employers this past August. Jason Wolfe, Administrator for the Office of Standards and Compliance at DWS, said, “Over 6,000 Wyoming employers who are eligible to claim this credit have yet to do so. Of those, roughly 1,000 are eligible…[Continue Reading]

Two LA Businesses Earn LAWorks Award for Workplace Safety and Health Management

Baton Rouge, LA – The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) OSHA/Safety Consultation Section recently announced R&R Home Care, Inc., of Mandeville, La., and Haven Nursing Center, Inc. of Columbia, La. as 2017 LAWorks Award winners. The awards were presented to each company in December. Businesses in Louisiana are eligible to apply for participation in a free safety program aimed at making workplaces safer for employees and…[Continue Reading]

Former CA Agent Sentenced for Stealing $100,000 in Premiums and Investment Funds

Riverside, CA – Former licensed insurance agent Frederick Donald Rollins, 42, of Moreno Valley, was recently sentenced after pleading guilty to one felony count of grand theft, two counts of securities fraud and an aggravated white-collar crime enhancement for stealing more than $100,000 in insurance premiums and investment funds from 10 victims. Rollins has been sentenced to one year in custody and to pay $100,363 in restitution to his victims. “Many people make the mistake of thinking insurance fraud is…[Continue Reading]

WA L&I: Former Restaurant Manager in Seattle Charged in $90K Workers’ Comp Scam

Seattle, WA – A man who managed Seattle restaurants for nearly three years while illegally receiving more than $91,000 in workers’ comp benefits is facing a felony theft charge. William T. Crawley, 48, is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, Jan. 4, on one count of first-degree theft in King County Superior Court. The Seattle man is accused of wrongfully receiving more than $82,000 in wage replacement payments and nearly $9,400 in vocational rehabilitation benefits from the Washington State Department…[Continue Reading]

CA Department of Industrial Relations Reports 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries

Oakland, CA – The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) reports that 376 Californians died on the job in 2016, down slightly from the 388 deaths in 2015. “Even one workplace fatality is too many, and our thoughts are with the families of those that died on the job last year,” said Christine Baker, DIR Director. “The fatality data released today is a reminder that we must all continue our efforts to reduce workplace safety and health hazards in order to prevent worker deaths.” A review of the past twelve years…[Continue Reading]

OSHA and National Association of Women in Construction Renew Alliance to Protect Safety and Health of Female Construction Workers

Washington, DC – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) recently renewed their alliance to continue promoting safe and healthful working conditions for female construction workers. The five-year alliance will focus on hazards of particular concern to women in the construction industry, including personal protective equipment selection, sanitation, and workplace intimidation and violence…[Continue Reading]

FL Construction Company Owner Arrested Following $700,000 Workers’ Comp Scam

Jacksonville, FL – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis recently announced the arrest of Maria Cristina Romero Zelaya, owner of Miochosis Construction, Inc. Zelaya allegedly provided fictitious information when applying for workers’ compensation insurance coverage to obtain a lower premium. As a result, Zelaya illegally avoided paying more than $700,000 in premium payments and left her employees uninsured and vulnerable to workplace injuries. “When companies lie to obtain cheaper…[Continue Reading]

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