As was reported by the Toledo Blade last weekend, the Administrator of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has decided to step down from his position. As the article reflects, Steven Buehrer was appointed to the position in 2011.
What I find interesting about this matter, is not that Mr. Buehrer has announced his decision to step down, but rather, his comments that are referenced in the article. Mr. Buehrer’s comments clearly focused on the benefits that employers have received since he was appointed to the position. The savings for employers by way of rebate checks and premium reductions. Yet, very little is said about benefits for the injured worker. He references “increased support for workplace safety”, but does not mention how the workers’ compensation system has improved to benefit individuals who have actually been injured on the job.
While there has not been much in the way of positive change for injured workers since Mr. Buehrer was appointed to the Administrator position in 2011, we can only hope that with a new Administrator there will be improvements to the workers’ compensation system, not just for employers but for injured workers as well.