[caption id="attachment_35160" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/roman023[/caption] When employers knowingly fail to protect their workers, they are typically slapped with heavy fines by the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), which also admin...
[caption id="attachment_27139" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Canan turan[/caption] Workplace safety issues affect all workers, regardless of their age, the industry in which they work, or the language they speak. The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&...
[caption id="attachment_23746" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/zhaojiankang[/caption] The two costliest safety violations in the construction industry over the past three months happened at jobs sites in Washington state, totaling more than $780,000, according to industry ...
[caption id="attachment_21618" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Oranat Taesuwan[/caption] Safety violations in the construction industry can quickly turn into to jaw-dropping fines if state inspectors catch wind of the lapses. But the fines are often eclipsed by the me...
[caption id="attachment_21522" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/nikom1234[/caption] The Washington state agency that typically spends a great deal of time investigating employment issues like wage theft or workers’ compensations fraud has shifted its focus in recent ...
[caption id="attachment_19715" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/vlastas[/caption] Workers who were exposed to toxic substances at the Hanford Nuclear Site in central Washington state may finally have a clearer path to workers’ compensation benefits, if newly proposed fede...
[caption id="attachment_19169" align="aligncenter" width="525"] iStock.com/AndreyPopov[/caption] Washington state workers' compensation benefits increased by nearly 7% at the start of July. For most workers injured on or before July 1, 2019, time-loss and pension benefit payments will increase by ...
Falls, trips and slips are consistently among the top ways workers get seriously injured or worse on the job. In 2018, Washington state witnessed 7,400 injuries and 17 deaths from work-related tumbles, according to statistics from the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Not s...
It's clever, but also a troubling sign of Japan's labor priorities. Researchers at the Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute have built HRP-5P, a humanoid robot that can do a large number of construction tasks during labor shortages or in the case of serious hazards. The pr...
[caption id="attachment_8145" align="aligncenter" width="1020"] Members of Iron Workers Local 86 show up at Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s press conference outside the Amazon Spheres to voice, literally, their opposition to a proposed head tax on businesses, especially Amazon. (Alan Be...