Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation issues over $10 million in rebate checks to southeast Ohio employers

MARIETTA, Oh. (WTAP) - Employers throughout southeast Ohio can expect some money in the mail in the next month.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) announced $10.1 million in rebate checks for both public and private employers in the region.Wednesday at the Marietta Chamber of Commerce.

This amount covers employers in Washington, Monroe, Noble, Morgan and Athens counties.

Officials say the rebates are possible because of the bureau's healthy investment income and decreasing claims.

"A lot of our equipment is heavy so we're putting lift gates on our trucks with this money," Pawnee Maintenance Ted Szabo said.

"This is money that was paid into by the employers so the opportunity to give that back to the employers, through these checks," said Jim Blazer, BWC Chief of Strategic Direction, "the governor and our administrator were very deliberate in issuing it as checks to the employers so they can then have the opportunity to spend that money as they see fit."

Blazer says they encourage employers to use the money to invest in workplace safety measures that prevent injuries and reduce workers' comp costs.

In total, the agency issued $1.5 billion to Ohio employers this summer. This is the fourth rebate in five years and the largest in two decades.