Two years ago a Washington state foundry worker fell into a tub of molten steel and sustained injuries that resulted in the loss of a leg and arm. Then, only a few months following this tragic incident, another Washington worker suffered severe burns at a galvanizing plant when he stepped into molte...
On January 3, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) adopted the Hazardous Drugs rule, which aims to protect health care workers from harmful exposure to chemotherapy or other hazardous drugs. The rule will go into effect in stages, beginning January 1, 2013. The rule was enacted in res...
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is continuing its campaign to protect workers from potentially toxic effects of formaldehyde exposure. Last month, OSHA fined two salons for neglecting to adopt safety measures that would have protected workers fr...
Employees suffering from a work-related injury, disability or illness are often required to have an Independent Medical Exam (or IME).  What is an Independent Medical Exam?  If you become injured or disabled at work and have an open L&I claim, the Department of Labor and Industries may ...
Insurance companies can deploy multiple “bad faith” tactics to delay, obfuscate, and muddle the workers’ compensation claims process as it unfolds between insured employers and injured workers.  One of the more common legal tactics is to bury clauses deep in workers comp contracts to create b...
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have taken a toll on this country in obvious ways: lost military lives and billions of dollars spent.  Less obvious are the lasting repercussions for our men and women in uniform who do return from the war.  The New York Times reported today on the extreme stresses...
In this Blog we often note the dangers of occupations that mix physical labor and heavy machinery.  Jobs in construction, maintenance, and agriculture present clear dangers to workers through mixing heavy physical demands and close proximity to powerful machinery.  However, a less noted danger...
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of Washington State (OSHA) will be meeting in late July to begin talks on the risks of infectious disease exposure in the workplace. Using research, feedback and other information from these meetings, OSHA will assess the possibility of developing ne...