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Deadlines Near for BWC Premium-Savings Programs

January 17, 2020

If your business is seeking workers’ compensation coverage under the OMA’s Group Retrospective Rating program, the activation deadline is Jan. 24. (This deadline is for the program year beginning July 1.)

For employers who have been identified as being a great fit for the BWC’s One Claim Program, the deadline is Jan. 31.

If you have questions, email the OMA’s Brian Jackson or your OMA workers’ comp account manager — Karen James, Melissa Ross or Juliet Walker. 1/15/2020

Protect Your Workers’ Comp Premium Savings

January 10, 2020

If you haven’t already done so, activate your OMA Group Retrospective Rating offer — or complete your payment — no later than Friday, Jan. 24. Renewing members, as well as new applicants, can find their 2020/21 Group Retrospective Rating offer on their WCS dashboard. Enrollment can be executed online via the dashboard; however, you will need to process your payment by check or credit card.

If you have any questions, contact the OMA’s Brian Jackson or your OMA workers’ comp account manager — Karen James, Melissa Ross or Juliet Walker.

Note: If your company hasn’t requested an OMA workers’ comp premium savings proposal for the 2020/21 policy year, the OMA is accepting applications through Jan. 22. Apply here. 1/9/2020

Ohio Safety Congress Set for March 11-13 in Columbus

January 10, 2020

The Ohio Safety Congress and Expo is currently accepting registrations. This is the second-largest occupational safety, health, and workers’ compensation event in the U.S. — and last year it attracted more than 8,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors.

This year’s event will be March 11-13 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Safety Congress and registration are free — and there’s even an online attendance option.

The OMA will have its workers’ comp team on site — at booth #1024 — to discuss our unique, manufacturer-specific approach to workers’ comp management. We will have a made-in-Ohio gift as a “thank you” for stopping by. 1/8/2020

BWC’s ‘Better You’ Program Gets Makeover

January 10, 2020

The new year has brought some changes to Better You, Better Ohio!® – the free health-and-wellness program for workers of businesses with 150 or fewer employees engaged in higher-risk industries, including manufacturing. Administered by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), the program gives employers a chance to start a wellness program with no cost or paperwork hassle.

The program’s new-and-improved homepage includes timely information and helpful tools for users. A new Wellness Champion Guide can help employers jump-start their health and wellness programs by empowering workers to take on a more active role in the program. 1/8/2020

Latest Data Show Slight Uptick in Workplace Fatalities

January 3, 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were 5,250 fatal workplace injuries across all U.S. industries and ownerships in 2018, according to updated data. That’s an increase of 103 from 2017. The fatality rate was unchanged from 2017 at 3.5 fatalities per 100,000 full-time workers.

In 2018, there were 96 fewer fatal falls, slips, and trips than in 2017. But this decrease was more than offset by an increase of 91 cases in fatal contact with objects and equipment — and an increase of 90 cases in exposure to harmful substances or environments. 1/2/2020