News and Analysis
The BWC’s next employer webinars are scheduled for May 14 and 30. Topics include policy year 2019 renewal (Estimated Annual Premium updates and the annual true-up report), program options for employers, and the monthly safety tip. Follow these links to attend online:1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14; or 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30. 5/2/2019
Employers participating in a 2018/19 group experience rating or group retrospective rating plan — and that had a workers’ compensation claim during the period of July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 — are required to fulfill BWC-mandated safety training by June 30, 2019.
OMA makes complying easy. Every month, the OMA offers a safety webinar that counts for one-hour of BWC-mandated safety training.
Dinsmore, an OMA Connections Partner, reports an uptick in workers’ compensation claimant allegations that an employer has caused an accident due to violation of a specific safety requirement (VSSR). VSSRs are additional awards paid to injured workers, and they are billed directly to employers.
Dinsmore has published a summary on VSSRs. The summary includes information on how employers can prepare to defend against VSSR claims. 4/17/2019
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is assisting the business community’s efforts to utilize drones to save time, resources and manpower, especially in the area of safety.
Josh Grappy, BWC’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program coordinator, works with companies that want to explore starting a drone program. He says, “Drones are often advertised as being able to perform the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs,” adding that there are many “innovative ways businesses can use drones to keep their workers safe.”
Companies interested in starting a drone program can contact Grappy at 614-332-7343. 4/17/2019
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will host its next employer webinar on Thursday, April 25, at 11:30 a.m. Topics covered include the importance of reviewing your estimated annual premium notice and the benefits of paying your premium in full versus in installments. Follow this link to attend online; or sign up here to attend in person. 4/17/2019
Gov. Mike DeWine this week appointed James M. Hughes of Upper Arlington (Franklin Co.) to the Industrial Commission of Ohio, which adjudicates workers’ compensation disputes. Hughes’ term begins July 1, 2019, and will end June 30, 2025. He will serve as chair of the commission when his term commences.
A Republican, Hughes was a member of the Ohio State Senate from 2008 to 2016, as well as a member of the Ohio House from 2000 to 2008. He has worked an assistant prosecutor for Franklin County. 04/18/2019
Attention private employers that participate in the Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP), One Claim Program (OCP) and EM Cap Program: March 29 is the deadline for:
- DFSP participants to submit an annual report.
- OCP participants to complete education requirements.
- EM Cap participants to complete education requirements.
Contact OMA’s Brian Jackson if you have questions. 3/17/2019
The BWC’s March 28 employer webinar will cover important updates on your policy, the estimated annual premium letter, the Safety Council rebate program, the upcoming rate reduction, and changing your installment schedule or estimated exposure. Plus the monthly safety tip.
OSHA is requesting information as the agency considers rulemaking to update the powered industrial trucks standards for general, maritime, and construction industries. The standards became effective in 1971, and were based on industry consensus standards from 1969. Since then, national consensus standards have been updated several times.
OSHA is requesting information on: the types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks; maintenance and retrofitting; how to regulate older powered industrial trucks; types of accidents and injuries associated with operating these machines; costs and benefits of retrofitting the machines with safety features; and other components of a safety program. OSHA will use the information received in response to this request to determine what action, if any, it may take to reduce regulatory burdens and create jobs while improving worker safety.
Comments must be submitted on or before June 10, 2019.
Powered industrial trucks include forklifts, fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by an electrical motor or an internal combustion engine. 3/21/2019
Employers who participate in the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Drug-free Safety Program (DFSP) are required to submit an annual report by the end of March each year.
Don’t panic. Here’s a helpful video from OMA Connections Partner, Working Partners(R), that will help you comply.
If you’re still stuck, contact Working Partners(R) for assistance. 3/14/2019