Volume 25 / Issue 8 - August, 2020
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Friday, August 21, 2020
Topic: Gas Pipeline Safety - Natural Gas Safety for Contractors, Businesses and Homeowners

Jill Vinecourt, Geologist; Vice President Operations Vinecourt Landscaping & Gas Line Services; CEO of JP Burton Energy


Noon - 12:45 p.m.


Virtual Meeting




Friday, September 18, 2020
Topic: Blood Borne Pathogens - Safety & Protection

Sarahita Page-Lee


Noon - 12:45 p.m.


Virtual Meeting




Natural Gas Safety - Contractors, Businesses & Homeowners

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present August virtual/webinar program  ---  Gas Pipeline Safety - Natural Gas Safety for Contractors, Businesses and Homeowners --- with keynote speaker Jill Vinecourt. Vinecourt is a geologist; Vice President of Operations Vinecourt Landscaping & Gas Line Services and CEO of JP Burton Energy.

The program, presented through - ZOOM - is from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020.  This training event is provided to you by the LCSC steering committee.

The webinar will provide an important overview and review of ... Natural Gas Safety Operations. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation - pipeline are the safest, most environmentally friendly and the most efficient and reliable mode of transporting natural gas.

In addition to the resume items listed above, Vinecourt is the co-inventor and patent holder of the newest form of renewable energy in the United States and a senior director with Melaleuca. Vinecourt and her husband have invented a generator that runs only on the pressure and flow that travels through natural gas pipelines. the natural gas pressure passes over a turbine in the generator and then is piped back into the system. The turbine is connected to an alternator motor which generates the electricity. 

Vinecourt's presentation will include information regarding: Properties of natural gas; the natural gas delivery system; preventing natural gas ignition and responding to natural gas emergencies. Vinecourt was raised in Burton, lives in Nelson Township and partners with her husband in six (6) businesses, including marketing wellness for Melaleuca.

She also will be discussing topics and safety concerns as related to indoor natural gas leaks, outdoor natural gas leaks and natural gas fires.

This is a virtual meeting and the registration information is listed below:

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 845 7518 9439

Passcode: 963165



Council Director
Chris Brill-Packard
(440) 354-1933

Council Director Elect
Jim Ruttinger

(440) 710-5399

Council Secretary
Sue Fuerst
(440) 392-2975

Past Director
Gordon Levar
(440) 479-1539

Council Advisor
Bob Siktberg
(216) 383-4737

Council Liaison
Chris Weber-Bresky


(440) 255-1616

Steering Committee

Donna McCaskey
(440) 951-3514

Lee Silvi
(440) 525-7252

Clifford Smith
(440) 954-7653

Joanne Clapp
(440) 259-2671

Tymra Gerhart
(440) 352-4079

Tobin Hawes
(440) 205-3933

Bob Bradley
(440) 639-4494

Mike Orlando

Council Assistant
Mark Wainwright
(440) 255-1616

Ohio Bureau of Workers'
Compensation Representative

Jennifer Lingafelter

Garfield Heights Office


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

BWC News & Notes


Division of Safety & Hygiene’s August webinars

BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene (DSH) continues our series of free webinars covering a variety of

workplace safety topics. Below is a list of dates and topics, including a link to register for the August webinars.

• Aug. 4 – Winning Management Commitment

• Aug. 11 – Help, My Confined Space Program Needs Work!

• Aug. 18 – [Replay] Precision OSHA Recordkeeping

• Aug. 25 – Who, When, and How to Inspect Personal Fall Protection Equipment

DSH safety experts conduct the webinars, and each of them lasts about one hour.

Learn more and register for any of the August webinars here.

Latest rate cut for private employers

A 13% rate reduction for private employers went into effect July 1, saving private employers $131.6 million over fiscal year 2020’s premiums. The reduction marks the third rate cut in three years for private employers and the 11th since 2008. It is also the third largest cut in 60 years, following the largest (20%) last year.

The cut represents an average statewide change and does not include the costs related to the administrative cost fund or other funds BWC administers. The actual premium paid by individual private employers depends on several factors, including the expected future claims costs in their industry, their company’s recent claims history, and their participation in various BWC programs.

BWC responds to COVID-19 challenges

We always believe Protecting Ohio’s Workforce is central to our mission, more so than ever during COVID-19. Here’s just some of what we’ve initiated since the pandemic emerged in March:

We deferred employers’ June, July, and August monthly premium installments until Sept. 1. It was the second extension requested by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and kept up to $579 million in the Ohio economy to help businesses restart and do so safely.

  • WE relaxed or revised payroll reporting requirements that will eventually result in premium savings for employers. For example, we are not requiring employers to report payroll paid to idle staff, and we are allowing operational staff to be reported under teleworking class codes.

For more on BWC as it relates to COVID-19, please visit bwc.ohio.gov or email us at BWCCOVID19@bwc.state.oh.us

For more on COVID-19, including prevention guidelines and its impact on Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Health website coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Kids’ Chance helps injured workers’ families

Kids’ Chance of Ohio changes lives by offering scholarships to children of workers who have been totally disabled or fatally injured on the job. Every story is one of turning tragedy into triumph. In this video, Malerie Mysza shares how Kids’ Chance helped her realize her dream of becoming an occupational therapist so she could help people like her father, who suffered brain injuries and blindness after a work accident.

If you would like to support Kids’ Chance of Ohio or know someone who is eligible for its scholarships, visit https://kidschanceohio.org.

The Rise of Telemedicine in Workers’ Comp

There has been an increase in telemedicine in recent years, along with its use in workers’ compensation treatment plans. An article published by NU PropertyCasualty discusses the strengths, weaknesses, and considerations to take when using telemedicine in workers’ compensation.

Camping Safety

Many of us are camping for our vacations or doing outdoor activities like hiking while staycationing this year! This post from Rider University supplies information on disaster preparedness while camping and hiking. Make sure you are prepared and know what to do in case of a weather emergency or other disaster.

Ergonomics Webinar

VelocityEHS is offering a free webinar beginning at 2 p.m. Aug. 11. The webinar will cover common misconceptions about workplace ergonomics, and will showcase current research on industrial exoskeletons, lifting techniques, and job rotation programs. There will also be a question-and-answer session at the end to answer questions submitted by the audience during the session. To sign up for the webinar, visit the Ergonomics Truths and Myths: What You Need to Know webinar page.

Hazard Communication in 2020 Webinar

Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) is offering a free webinar beginning at 2 p.m. Aug. 20. The webinar will cover the development of the hazard communication standard over the years and how to stay compliant in 2020. To sign up for the webinar, visit the Understanding the Role of Hazard Communication in 2020 webinar page.

NFPA Fact Sheet for Grounding and Bonding

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released a new fact sheet on how to properly apply the tables found in the 2020 National Electric Code, Article 250 – Grounding and Bonding. Engineers, electricians, and inspectors can download this free resource to learn how to use the tables to correctly size grounding electrode conductors, bonding jumpers, and equipment grounding conductors.

NFPA Guidance on Tents

Many restaurants and other businesses are using tents for outdoor dining and retail events. NFPA recently released a new fact sheet, Building and Life Safety for Tents, providing guidance to ensure tents are used properly and safely.

Firefighter Fatality Report – 2019

The NFPA report on 2019 firefighter fatalities in the U.S. found there were 48 firefighter fatalities, 25 volunteer firefighter fatalities, 22 sudden cardiac deaths, and three road crash fatalities. All these numbers are the lowest since data collection began in 1977. Read the entire report on the NFPA website.

Please contact the library@bwc.state.oh.us or 614-466-7388 for more information on any of these items.


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A Heavenly Helper Home Care
Action Door
Active Plumbing Supply
Advocate for Independence
Aexcel Corporation
Alloy Precision Technologies
Alloy Precision Technologies
Amerathon, LLC
AMG Resources Corporation
Anderson Heating & Cooling
Astro Manufacturing & Design
Beachwood City School District
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 - WPCP
City of Willoughby
Classic Auto Group
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Component Repair Technologies, Inc.
Concord Township
Contemporary Electric Inc.
CPP Eastlake
Crossroads, LCACS
Crown Services, Inc.
CT Consultants
De Nora Tech Manufacturing
Dyson Corporation
Empro Job Network (Thomas Emp.)
Enterprise Welding & Fabricating
Euclid Fish Company
Eye Lighting Intl, Inc.
Federal Hose Manufacturing LLC
Fredon Corporation
Frontage Laboratories
Frontage Laboratories
Fusion, Inc.
Grand Rock
Holden Arboretum
HZW Environmental Consultants, LLC
Infinity Resources, Inc.
Inova 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 Metroparks
Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority
Lakeland Community College Retired
Lakeside Safety Management
Lantern of Madison
Lassiter and Son, LLC
Leroy Township
Levin Furniture
Life Services
Lincoln Electric
Lintern Corporation
Madison Health Care
Mar-Bal, Inc.
McPhillips Plumbing & HVAC Co.
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Public Library
Mentor Public Schools
Metal Seal Precision
Metz Culinary Management
Midwest Materials
MJM Industries
Moving Ahead Services
MT Heat Treating
MUM Industries
North American Coating Laboratories
Northeast Masonry
Olon Ricerca Bioscience, LLC
Pace Engineering, Inc.
Painesville Township
Perry Joint Fire District
Perry Local School District
Perry Township
Preformed Line Products Company
Process Technology
R.T. & T Machining Inc.
Rabbinical College of Telshe
Race Winning Brands
Ranpak Corp.
RJ Kirkland Construction Co., Inc.
Royal Plastics Inc.
Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio
Steris Endoscopy
Symphony at Mentor
The Holden Arboretum
The News-Herald
Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Inc.
Transfer Express, Inc.
Tri County Ambulance Service
Triad McNally Joint Venture
TT Electronics Integrated Mfg. Services
Universal Metal Products
University Hospitals
V.L. Chapman Electric
Vector Technical Inc
Vicon Fabricating Company
Village of Fairport Harbor
Visiting Angels of Northeast Ohio
West Geauga Local Schools
Yokohama Industries Americas Ohio Inc.
Zagar, Inc.