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5 Ways to Reduce Falls At Your Job!

Prevent Falls with 5 Easy Steps 1. Exercise more – Muscular strength can improve balance and reduce falls. 2. Eye doctor visit – Bad eyesight can contribute to falls by failing to recognize obstacles. 3. Medication review – Some medications cause drowsiness or dizziness. 4. Remove obstacles – Look around for anything that could increase Read More

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Protective Eye Wear: Optional or Required?

Hazardous Workplace? Follow these Tips Did you know that about 2,000 eye injuries occur every day in the workplace in the U.S.? Almost 70% of accidents happen because of flying or falling objects. And would you believe, most of the objects are smaller than the head of a pin? Most workplace injuries occur where safety Read More

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Sheakley’s Workers’ Comp Injury Reporting Poster?

Sheakley UniComp clients can customize a Sheakley UniComp Poster to place in the work area so their employees are aware of the company’s reporting steps when an injury occurs. Having a reporting process for your employees helps in reducing a bottleneck in the system when a workers’ compensation injury occurs.  When your claim is reported to Sheakley UniComp in a timely manner, Read More

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Need a Claim Strategy for Problem Claims? Join Us!

Workers’ Compensation FREE Seminars – For Public and Private Employers!       ASK THE EXPERTS … Sheakley is pleased to present five regional seminars encouraging employers to bring their problem claim(s) to gather claim strategy suggestions from our elite panel of experts. The panel carries extensive knowledge of Ohio’s workers’ compensation system. All will be on hand to Read More

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Private Employer Base Rates and Expected Loss Rates Get “No Change”

The BWC Board of Directors convened on Friday June 15, 2012 to unanimously approve the proposed “no change” to the Private Employer Base Rates and Expected Loss Rates recommended by BWC’s Actuarial Division. Although the overall collectible rate was approved for no change, an individual manual classification is calculated by its sole loss and payroll history. This may result in manual classifications having a rate increase, rate Read More

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Ohio Safety Councils Receives A Budget Increase

BWC Administrator Steve Buehrer has approved a 10% increase in funding to maintain the 80 safety councils within Ohio. Ohio safety councils assist businesses by providing educational topics on occupational safety and health to improve the safety culture in Ohio workplaces.  The 10% approved funding increase will bring the total available safety council funds to Read More

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Ohio BWC Administrative Cost Fund

The Administrative Cost Fund receives assessments from each private employer that are calculated as a percentage of the premiums paid by that employer to BWC. This assessment funds the operating expenses of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. A first reading with the BWC Board of Directors occurred in May 2012 to recommend a 3% decrease in the assessment for private employers for the Read More

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Private Employer Ohio BWC Rates, No Change

The BWC Board of Directors approved the 2013 rate proposal on May 24, 2012, created by BWC’s Actuarial Department, to make no change to the statewide average rates for private employers for the policy year beginning July 1st.   Last year, the Board approved a 4% average rate reduction which was estimated to save private employer’s $65 million in premiums. Maintaining the average Read More

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Ohio BWC Enterprise Report May 2012

On May 24th, Chief of Fiscal and Planning for BWC, Tracy Valentino, reported that BWC’s net assets increased by $201 million in April resulting in net assets of $7.2 billion at April 30, 2012. The total net assets have increased by $1.4 billion for fiscal year-to-date 2012 resulting in net assets of $7.2 billion at Read More