2017 Workers' Compensation Symposium

Navigating the Complex Issues of Occupational Health

Shawn Biery – Attorney, Professor and Mediator at Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates.  Veteran workers compensation and employment defense attorney who utilizes lifetime background including Marine Corps experiences conducting desert warfare training to determine strategies for handling of workers compensation matters and employment issues as well as overall general litigation defense.

Topic:  Strategies for Workers Comp Defense Programs Utilizing Occ Health Providers

Synopsis:  Overview of the state of the current Illinois system, changes and tips for utilizing combined approach with occupational health link to effectively defend claims or identify and implement protocols for claim management. As applicable, will discuss HIPAA compliance, managing injured workers to effectively move toward closing claims and day-to-day injured worker management.

Richard Knight -  Private Detective, Investigator, Owner at Continental Investigative Services.  Rick, as he is known to his friends, is a 37 year veteran law enforcement officer.  He served approximately 9 years in the U.S. Army Military Police and as a covert investigator working economic crimes with the U.S. Army CID Command.  After this service, he returned home to Northeast Arkansas where he spent time in local law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff and a local community Police Officer.  

Topic:  Workmen Compensation Investigation

Synopsis:  Efforts to effectively investigate and minimize employee misconduct and injury.    Maximize the best approach to workmen’s compensation investigations to reduce overall liability to an employer by discharging employee abusing the system or returning healthy employees to the workforce.

Trenton Kessler – Athletic Trainer and Industrial Onsite Specialist at Rehab Unlimited, Southern Illinois Healthcare.  Trenton holds a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology specializing in Athletic Training from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

Topic:  Micro Break Stretching and Body Mechanics

Synopsis: The Work Ready Microbreak Stretching program is a series of stretches designed to increase blood flow to working tissues with a goal of  reducing  fatigue and  help  eliminate the buildup of metabolic waste developed during  prolonged static postures.  The benefits of the program are to improve quality of work, increase production, decrease fatigue, and a reduce risk of potentially developing an injury.

Panel: Top Safety Program Strategies That Can Help Reduce Worker's Compensation Costs

Synopsis: Local Safety and Human Resource Specialists discuss strategies to help reduce Worker's Compensation costs with the implementation of Early Intervention Programs and Services.

Clint Becker – Clint has served as a Safety and Security Engineer at Aisin Manufacturing Illinois since 2005.  His job duties include ergonomic and hazard analysis, compliance, and development of safety programs, training, accident investigation, and administration of the workers compensation program. 

Matt McLaughlin – Matt has worked at Aisin Light Metals for over a year.  He serves as their Safety and Environmental Specialist.

Diane Summerlin  – Diane is Senior Safety & Environmental Engineer at General Dynamics.

Candice Cotter – Candice has worked at Knight Hawk Coal since 2002 and served in Human Resources 2007. 

Bonnie Sprague  – Bonnie Sprague serves as the Human Resources Benefits Coordinator at Centerstone of Illinois.  Bonnie also served on the advisory board at Southern Illinois Healthcare during the inception of WorkCare.

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