Volume 24 / Issue 9 - September, 2019
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Friday, September 20, 2019
Topic: Drones - How Unmanned Aircraft Are Used in Public Safety

Speaker:  Scott Mlakar, Lake County Public Safety - Drone Unit Chief (and) Assistant Fire Chief (Willoughby)


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, October 18, 2019
Topic: Marijuana, Opioids and Alcohol in the Workplace

Dr. Walter Vieweg, DO, Medical Director, Occupational Medicine Lake Health


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




Drones - How Unmanned Aircraft Are Used In Safety

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the September monthly program  ---  Drones - How Unmanned Aircraft Are Used in Public Safety --- with keynote speaker Scott Mlakar on Friday, September 20. 

Mlakar is an assistant chief with the Willoughby Fire Department where he has served for 35 years. He serves on the Lake County Fire Chief's Special Operations Committee which oversees the Fire Department special teams. These include Haz-Mat, Technical Rescue and the Unmanned Aircraft Programs.

Among other items, he will cover topics concerning -- FAA requirements for pilots of unmanned aircraft and how to become a pilot (and) unmanned aircraft use in the private sector (commercial use).

Mlakar developed and oversees operations of the Lake County Public SafetyUnmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) team, composed of fire and police officers. He is the Lake County Unmanned Aerial System Team Coordinator/Chief Pilot.

He also will discuss unmanned aircraft uses in the public sector; and addres and detail the Lake County Public Safety UAS Drone Team: Mission.

The UAS teams supports all of Lake County's emergency services. Mlakar also serves as a chief instructor at Tri-C Community College as part of the Public Safety Drone Academy.

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


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 Announces Rate Cuts - Award Prize Amount Increases

BWC board cuts premium rates for public employers

11th reduction for cities, schools and other local governments since 2009

BWC will reduce premium rates for public employers an average of 10% next year, saving counties, cities and school districts $17.8 million over this year’s premiums.

BWC’s Board of Directors approved the reduction Aug. 23 at its monthly meeting. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine immediately praised the move.

“I applaud BWC for this latest rate reduction, which will free up funds for employers to invest in their communities and help our economy,” said Governor DeWine. “This is good news for all of Ohio.”

Thanks largely to declining injury claims and relatively low medical inflation costs, approximately 3,700 school districts, cities and other local government employers will benefit from the reduction.

The reduction follows a 20% rate reduction for private employers that went into effect July 1. It also follows the board’s approval in June to send $1.5 billion in agency revenue to employers in September because of strong investment returns, falling claims and other savings.

The reduction — the agency’s 11th for public employers since 2009 and equal to the third largest since 1986 — will be effective Jan. 1, 2020. It follows a 12% rate reduction for public employers that went into effect Jan. 1 this year.

The reduction represents a statewide average. The actual premium change for an individual public entity will differ based on several factors, including employer type or classification, recent claims history, and their participation in BWC rate discount programs.

BWC increases prize amounts for Safety Innovation Awards

Agency offers $10,000 for top prize, up from $6,000

BWC is increasing the prize amounts for its 2020 Safety Innovation Awards to encourage participation and creative solutions to workplace safety hazards

We have bumped the top award to $10,000, up from $6,000. Second place will receive $6,000 (up from $4,000) and third place $4,000 (up from $3,000). The honorable mention prize remains $1,500.

“We offer this program to give innovative employers the credit and recognition they deserve for finding new and better ways to reduce risks and protect their workforce,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud. “Increasing the cash awards reinforces our commitment to spotlighting the ingenuity of Ohio employers and their dedication to keeping workers safe on the job.”

BWC’s Safety Innovation Awards recognize employers for innovative and creative solutions they have developed to reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses in their workplace. Innovations can include advanced technologies, creative use of existing equipment, or unique processes and practices.

In 2016, for example, a Mercer County company captured first place with a device it developed for loading hogs into a trailer with minimal stress to the hogs and potential for injury to workers. Last year, the Springfield company Navistar captured first place with a robotic system that minimized worker exposure to a particularly strenuous procedure involved in the tearing down and welding of truck cabs.

The 2020 winners will be announced from a group of finalists at BWC’s annual Ohio Safety Congress & Expo scheduled for March 11-13, 2020, in Columbus.

More information and an online application are available here. The application deadline is Sept. 30, 2019.

Policy Activity Rebate

We have extended the Policy Activity Rebate (PAR) pilot program for a second year.

PAR is an employer-controlled, activity-based incentive program that raises employers' awareness and increases understanding of some of the most important aspects of workers' compensation, including safety, claims, and policy management.

PAR is a customizable plan that allows employers to choose from 33 activities to earn a premium rebate. Employers must complete 11 credits during the enrolled policy year to earn a 50% premium rebate, up to $2,000.

Private employers can enroll now through Jan. 31, 2020. Public employer enrollment begins Dec. 1, 2019.

Visit our Policy Activity Rebate webpage for additional information.

Help Ohio understand your workforce needs

InnovateOhio and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has launched a new survey tool for Ohio businesses to gather feedback ahead of the creation of the state’s new In-Demand Jobs list.

Strong participation is crucial to our success — and Governor DeWine is counting on you to help!

The survey is open through September and can be found at indemand.ohio.gov.

Survey results inform the in-demand jobs list that will be published at the end of 2019, helping training providers, educators, and workforce professionals learn the future hiring needs of Ohio employers.



From Our Blog

‘Walking down grain’ is a deadly operation (Don’t do it). Two workplace deaths in July heighten awareness for grain bin safety.

Ohio BWC honored to host national conference. Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2019 American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF) in Cleveland a success!

August 2019 Safety Update

The August 2019 Safety Update is now available! Click here to read up on NIOSH & OSHA news, ladder safety and more.



BWC honored workers who lost their lives on the job at its annual Fallen Workers Memorial Aug. 29. You can watch the ceremony on the Ohio Channel here.



Thank You To Our Meeting Sponsors

Attendance - 08/16/19-Sitting is the NEW Smoking

A Heavenly Helper Home Care
Action Door
Active Plumbing Supply
Advanced Controls, Inc.
Advocate for Independence
Aexcel Corporation
Amerathon, LLC
AMG Resources Corporation
Avery Dennison - EFD
Beachwood City School District
Brotzman Nursery
Bud Industries
Building Technicians Corporation
Cast Nylons Ltd.
Champion Contract, Inc.
Chemsultants International
City of Eastlake
City of Kirtland
City of Mayfield Heights
City of Mentor
City of Mentor-on-the-Lake
City of Painesville - Electric Plant
City of Painesville - Fire Department
City of Painesville - Water Department
City of Painesville - Water Department
City of Painesville - WPCP
City of Willoughby
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cometic Gasket, Inc.
Contemporary Electric Inc.
CPP Eastlake
Crossroads, LCACS
Crown Services, Inc.
CT Consultants
D & S Automotive
Dyson Corporation
EA Group
Empro Job Network (Thomas Emp.)
Enterprise Welding & Fabricating
Euclid Fish Company
Eye Lighting Intl, Inc.
Federal Hose Manufacturing LLC
Flow Polymers, LLC
Fredon Corporation
Frontage Laboratories
Frontage Laboratories
Fusion, Inc.
Grand Rock
Hartman Personnel Services
Holden Arboretum
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 Dept. of Utilities
Lake County General Health District
Lake County Nursery
Lake Health
Lake Metroparks
Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority
Lakeland Community College Retired
Lantern of Madison
Lassiter and Son, LLC
Levin Furniture
Life Services
Lincoln Electric
Lintern Corporation
Loomis Companies
Mar-Bal, Inc.
Martin, Inc.
McPhillips Plumbing & HVAC Co.
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
North American Coating Laboratories
Northeast Masonry
Olon Ricerca Bioscience, LLC
Omni Cart Services
Pace Engineering, Inc.
Painesville Township
Permanent Solution Staffing
Perry Joint Fire District
Perry Local School District
Perry Township
PET Processors, L.L.C.
Polychem Corporation
Precision AlarmTech, Inc
Preformed Line Products Company
Process Technology
R.T. & T Machining Inc.
Race Winning Brands
Ranpak Corp.
RJ Kirkland Construction Co., Inc.
Royal Plastics Inc.
Steel Warehouse Cleveland LLC (dba Chesterfield Steel)
Symphony at Mentor
The Holden Arboretum
Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Inc.
Tri County Ambulance Service
Triad McNally Joint Venture
TT Electronics Integrated Mfg. Services
Universal Metal Products
US Endoscopy
V.L. Chapman Electric
Vector Technical Inc
Vicon Fabricating Company
Vine Beverage & Catering, Inc.
Visiting Angels of Northeast Ohio
Western Reserve Water Systems
Wickliffe Country Place
Willo Security
Windsor Laurelwood Center
Yokohama Industries Americas Ohio Inc.
Zagar, Inc.