December 16, 2017

Ohio Employers Receive $993,000 in BWC Workplace Safety Grants

Columbus, OH – Forty Ohio employers will share $993,094 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses. “Building a culture of safety across the state is at the heart of our work at BWC,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “Fewer workplace injuries means more Ohioans who are able to put in a productive day’s work and return home safely to their families in the evening…[Continue Reading]

NY Man Pleads Guilty to Nearly $10,000 in Workers’ Comp Fraud

Buffalo, NY – New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott recently announced the arrest and guilty plea of a City of Buffalo man on charges he defrauded the Workers’ Compensation system of nearly $10,000 in benefits to which he was not entitled because he had returned to work but continued collecting benefits as if he was not employed. Arnold Fassbinder, 55, of Royal Avenue, Buffalo, was today charged with and pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to one count…[Continue Reading]

MA Temp Agency Operator Pleads Guilty to Tax Crimes and Workers’ Comp Fraud

Boston, MA – A Swansea resident recently pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston in connection with a long-running, off-the-books payroll scheme through which her temporary employment agency evaded federal employment taxes and workers’ compensation insurance premiums. Souleang Kane, 48, pleaded guilty to 18 counts of willful failure to collect and pay over taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and five counts of mail fraud in connection with her evasion of workers’ compensation…[Continue Reading]

Caught on Camera: WA Bar Owner Charged with Faking Injuries in $230K Scam

Spokane, WA – A Spokane County man stands accused of running a bar while claiming he was too injured to work, in a scheme to collect more than $230,000 in state workers’ comp and federal disability benefits. Dennis J. Bennett, 63, of Veradale, is scheduled for arraignment on Monday, Oct.9, in Spokane County Superior Court on two charges of felony, first-degree theft. The Washington Attorney General’s office is prosecuting the case based on a joint investigation by the state Department…[Continue Reading]

NJ Man Gets 3 Years in Prison, Co. Fined $100,000, for Bilking Workers’ Comp Carrier out of Nearly $600,000 in Coverage

Trenton, NJ – Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor (OIFP) recently announced that the owner of an Ocean County electronic recycling company was sentenced to three years in prison, and his company was fined $100,000, for defrauding an insurance carrier out of nearly $600,000 in workers’ compensation coverage by lying about the kind of work their employees did. Albert Boufarah, 50, of Toms River, and his company Supreme Asset…[Continue Reading]

OSHA Awards $10.5 Million in Training Grants to 80 Nonprofits for Workplace Safety & Health

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded $10.5 million in one-year federal safety and health training grants to 80 nonprofit organizations nationwide. The funding through the Susan Harwood Training Grants Program will provide education and training to help businesses and workers address workplace hazards and adopt best practices for avoiding workplace injuries. The grants require recipients to focus on safety…[Continue Reading]

Former Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Federal Workers’ Comp Benefits Fraud

Sacramento, CA – United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert recently announced that Michael McCree, 65, of Vacaville, CA, recently pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. According to court documents, McCree worked for the United States Post Office for approximately six months in 1988 and 1989, before he filed a workers’ compensation claim for an alleged back injury. Since 1989, the Department of Labor, on behalf of the Postal Service, has been paying McCree monthly wage loss…[Continue Reading]

Pinnacol Assurance Creates Digital Subsidiary “Cake” for Simple Workers’ Comp Coverage

Denver, CO – Pinnacol Assurance, recently announced that it is launching a new digital platform to make it easier for small businesses that choose not to use an agent to purchase workers’ comp policies. In fact, it’s so easy, they’re calling it “Cake” – because it will now be a piece of cake for small businesses to get a quote, purchase and manage their workers’ comp policies directly from Pinnacol. A mobile-first platform, Cake will enable employers to secure coverage in 3-5 minutes (as opposed to…[Continue Reading]

NSC: Young Safety Professionals Recognized for Extraordinary Contributions to Workplace Safety

Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council is proud to announce its eighth class of NSC Rising Stars of Safety, a group of future leaders dedicated to making workplaces safer. The 43 honorees have promoted a cycle of continuous improvement within their organizations and created initiatives focused on measureable outcomes. “Our Rising Stars are leading the way on safety by taking action every day,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “Protecting their coworkers means everyone can…[Continue Reading]

SAIF Recognized as One of Nation’s Top 10 Healthiest Workplaces

Salem, OR – SAIF continues a strong streak of wellness accolades after being recognized as a 2017 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America for the second year in a row–jumping from 73rd in 2016 to 7th place this year. The awards program, presented by Springbuk, honors organizations for their commitment to employee health and exceptional corporate wellness programming. SAIF was recognized for its employee engagement, with more than 97 percent of SAIF employees participating in the company’s pedometer program…[Continue Reading]

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