Volume 24 / Issue 4 - April, 2019
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Friday, April 12, 2019
Topic: Employee Morale and Its Effect on Safety Engagment
Speaker:  Jared Cass, Avida Health Systems


Registration: 11:15 a.m.

Lunch & Program:  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Villa Croatia - Event Venue & Party Center, 34900 Lake Shore Blvd., Eastlake, OH  44095

Cost: Members: $20

Non-Members: $25



Friday, May 17, 2019
Topic: Lake County Safety Council - Safety Expo
Speaker:  Multiple Speakers & Seminars Offered


Registration: 7:30 a.m.

Classes/Seminars Begin: 8:15 a.m.

Lunch & Vendor Visitation:  Noon to 1 p.m..

Classes/Seminars Resume: 1:15 p.m.


Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Blvd., Kirtland, OH 44094

Cost: Members: $30

Non-Members: $30


BWC/LCSC Safety Award Presentations

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the April monthly program  ---  The Annual BWC/LCSC Safety Awards Program - with keynote speaker Jared Cass, Occupational Medicine Service Line Director, Avida Health Systems --- on Friday, April 12. He will be discussing - Employee Morale & Its Effect on Safety Engagement.

About 135 companies and organizations will be receiving more than 230 awards in recognition of their outstanding safety efforts in 2018. Cass, who has worked for 22 years in the field of occupational medicine - addressing prevention as well as treating individuals who have suffered an injury.

The awards being presented to the companies and organization include 47 Special Awards, 41 Achievement Awards, 10 Group Awards with more than 100 organizations taking home 100 Percent Awards. Cass currently is the director of a four-clinic occupational medicine service line providing a variety of physician, clinic and therapy services working with more than 1,100 employers.

He will be discussing issues such as:

Does employee morale, including addressing EQ verses IQ really matter?

How can on-site services raise the customer service bar?

Can better customer service truly reduce claims, speed recovery and hasten return to work?

He is certified in Ergonomics and is a certified Transitional Work Developer for the state of Ohio. He has attended dozens of ergonomics courses including Harvard's school of public health, and has taken multiple classes from Humantech, a certified provider of Work Well for Job Site Analyses, Essential Function Tests and Functional Capacity Evaluations. He has been chosen by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to speak at dozens of safety councils and the Ohio Safety Congress.

The meeting will be held at the Villa Croatia Event Venue & Party Center (The Croatian Lodge), 34900 Lakeshore Blvd., Eastlake, OH  44095, with registration beginning at 11:15 a.m. The cost of the event is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Reservations may be made online at the LCSC web site listed below. The event is sponsored by:

---Lake Health

---HzW Environmental Consultants

---Pure Water Technology


Council Director
Gordon Levar

(440) 479-1539

Council Director Elect

Council Secretary
Sue Fuerst
(440) 392-2975

Past Director
Mike Orlando
(440) 290-9785

Council Advisor
Bob Siktberg
(216) 383-4737

Council Liaison
Chris Weber-Bresky


(440) 255-1616

Steering Committee
Chris Brill-Packard
(440) 354-1933

Donna McCaskey
(440) 951-3514

Lee Silvi
(440) 525-7252

Clifford Smith
(440) 954-7653

Joanne Clapp
(440) 259-2671

Jim Ruttinger

(440) 710-5399

Tymra Gerhart
(440) 352-4079

Tobin Hawes
(440) 205-3933

Bob Bradley
(440) 639-4494

Council Assistant
Mark Wainwright
(440) 255-1616

Ohio Bureau of Workers'
Compensation Representative
Nikki Lorenzo Luna
Garfield Heights Office


Interested in joining our Steering Committee? Contact Mark Wainwright for more information.

BWC News & Notes


BWC Medical & Health Symposium April 26 - 27



Registration is open for the fourth annual Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium April 26 - 27 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Themed “Comprehensive Care for an Injured Worker,” the free symposium features education tracks and credits for health care practitioners, their staff and legal professionals. (Click here for information on featured sessions and continuing education credits.)

“This year’s symposium offers outstanding learning opportunities led by local, national and international experts on some of the most pressing health and medical issues of our time,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud.

The speaker lineup includes pharmacist Chris Hart, who will share his journey of chemical dependency to recovery, including relapse. On Saturday, Hart provides an open question-and-answer session giving attendees an opportunity to Ask an Addict.

Robert Stutman, one of America’s highest profile Drug Enforcement Agency special agents and formerly “the most famous narc in America” (New York magazine), tells how our current drug epidemic differs from previous generations.

The symposium also features speakers on medical marijuana, traumatic brain injuries, patient collaboration, chiropractic care and more.

Registration is free. For questions, call BWC’s provider contact center at 1-800-644-6292, option 0-3-0, or email medsymposium@bwc.state.oh.us.

We look forward to seeing you April 26 – 27 in Columbus!


Warm weather means more work zones - be careful on the road!

After the long winter months, the orange barrels of roadwork zones are a rite of spring in Ohio. Along with these orange barrels come road crews with lots of workers.

National Work Zone Awareness Week was last week but the theme applies every day of the year. Drive Like You Work Here asks us all to view work zone safety as if we were part of the crew working to upgrade our roadways. Recent statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration show we can all think about work zone safety a bit more. For example, from 2016 to 2017, there was a 2-percent increase in total work zone fatalities and an increase from 668 to 710 total work zone crashes. 

In 2017 there were 710 fatal crashes resulting in 799 deaths in work zones. Most of the fatalities were motorists – 132 of them were worker fatalities. As drivers, we can all do our part to protect ourselves and the men and women working in already hazardous conditions. The following tips from the Federal Highway Administration can help prevent accidents and save lives.   

  • Stay alert and minimize distractions – Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road.
  • Keep your headlights on – Improve visibility, especially in bad weather conditions, by keeping your headlights on.
  • Pay attention to the road – Watch traffic around you and be prepared to react.
  • Merge into the proper lane – Merge well before you reach the lane closure.
  • Don't tailgate – Follow other vehicles at a safe distance.
  • Obey the posted speed limit – Slow down to save lives and to avoid hefty fines.
  • Change lanes safely – Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate, and only when traffic conditions permit.
  • Expect the unexpected – Workers, work vehicles or equipment may enter your lane without warning.
  • Be patient – Impatience often leads to erratic and dangerous driving.

Be sure to follow the Ohio Department of Transportation on Twitter for more tips and graphics regarding the importance of work zone awareness.


BWC eBriefs



From the BWC Blog

Eric Giguere knows firsthand the dangers of working in a trench. He was lucky to survive being buried alive under 2,000 pounds of dirt. You don’t want to miss his story – and important safety lesson - in our blog, Trench collapse survivor tells his story to save others.


April employer webinar

Our next employer webinar is scheduled for April 25. We’ll cover several topics, including the importance of reviewing your estimated annual premium notice and the benefits of paying your premium in full versus installments.

Follow this link to attend online: Thursday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m.

Or sign up to attend in person at one of our service offices. Don’t forget to visit the Employer webinars page to view recorded presentations from past webinars.

Spotlight on trenching safety

Spring ushers in the construction season and with it a rise in trenching and excavation work. What is the most important consideration with this work? Safety.

Every trench must be protected to prevent cave-ins. If you’re in this line of work, remember, never enter an unprotected trench! How do you know if a trench is safe? Keep this trenching safety card with you at all times.

If you’re an employer, please keep these  cards on your job site and distribute them to your employees.

Contact BWC’s Division of Safety and Hygiene for free trenching safety resources and information at 1-866-644-6292 or bwc.ohio.gov.

Safety Update

Find the latest news in occupational health and safety right here in the April Safety Update.



Attendance - 03/15/19-Working with Multi-Generational Associates

ACO Inc.
ACO Polymer Products
Action Door
Active Plumbing Supply
Advanced Controls, Inc.
Advocate for Independence
Aexcel Corporation
Alloy Precision Technologies
Amerathon, LLC
AMG Resources Corporation
Astro Manufacturing & Design
Avery Dennison - CFF
Avery Dennison - PTD
Beachwood City School District
Brotzman Nursery
Building Technicians Corporation
Career Centered Staffing
Cast Nylons Ltd.
Chemsultants International
City of Eastlake
City of Kirtland
City of Mayfield Heights
City of Mentor-on-the-Lake
City of Painesville - Electric Plant
City of Painesville - Water Department
City of Painesville - Water Department
City of Willoughby
Classic Auto Group
Cometic Gasket, Inc.
Comp Management, Inc.
Concord Township
Contemporary Electric Inc.
Crossroads, LCACS
Crown Services, Inc.
CT Consultants
De Nora Tech Manufacturing
De Nora Tech R&D
Dyson Corporation
EA Group
Empro Job Network (Thomas Emp.)
Enterprise Welding & Fabricating
Euclid Fish Company
Eye Lighting Intl, Inc.
Federal Hose Manufacturing LLC
Fredon Corporation
Fusion, Inc.
Grand Rock
Hartman Personnel Services
Hose Master LLC
HZW Environmental Consultants, LLC
Infinity Resources, Inc.
Integrity Staffing Services
Just In Time Staffing
Kalcor Coatings Company
Kerr Lakeside, Inc.
Kirtland Local Schools
Kline Rostocil Construction Corp.
Klyn Nurseries, Inc.
Lake County Council on Aging
Lake County General Health District
Lake County Nursery
Lake Health
Lake Metroparks
Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority
Lantern of Madison
Lassiter and Son, LLC
Levin Furniture
Life Services
Lincoln Electric
Lintern Corporation
Mapleview Country Villa
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Public Library
Mentor Public Schools
Merritt Woodwork
Metal Seal Precision
Metz Culinary Management
Midwest Materials
MT Heat Treating
MUM Industries
North American Coating Laboratories
Northeast Masonry
Nova Chemical
Olon Ricerca Bioscience, LLC
Olon Ricerca Bioscience, LLC
Omni Cart Services
Pace Engineering, Inc.
Painesville City Board of Education
Painesville Township
Pepco (Professional Electric Products Co.)
Permanent Solution Staffing
Perry Joint Fire District
Perry Local School District
Perry Local School District
Perry Township
Polychem Corporation
Precision AlarmTech, Inc
Preformed Line Products Company
Process Technology
R.T. & T Machining Inc.
Ranpak Corp.
Royal Plastics Inc.
Symphony at Mentor
The News-Herald
Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Inc.
Transfer Express, Inc.
Tri County Ambulance Service
TT Electronics Integrated Mfg. Services
Umicore Specialty Materials Recycling
Universal Metal Products
US Endoscopy
V.L. Chapman Electric
Vector Technical
Vicon Fabricating Company
Village of Fairport Harbor
Visiting Angels of Northeast Ohio
West Geauga Local Schools
Western Reserve Water Systems
Wickliffe Country Place
Willo Security
Yokohama Industries Americas Ohio Inc.
Zagar, Inc.