Shell Oil has been charged with $77,000 in fines by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for workplace health violations following an investigation into an extensive toxic release last February. L&I launched the investigation at Shell's Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes after disc...
In Washington State, truck drivers experience among the highest rates of workplace injuries, according to a new report from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Every year, 1 in 13 truck drivers suffers from a work-related injury serious enough to require missed days of work. The r...
Emery Reddy has represented workers injured by lead poisoning at Wade's Eastside Guns, the worst known case of occupational lead exposure at a shooting range in the U.S. Read the full investigative report on this case published by The Seattle Times (reproduced below). This story is Part II of the Se...
Workers in jobs that pay the federal minimum wage make only $7.25 per hour, before taxes. Labor rights activists, lawmakers and employment attorneys across the U.S. state that this amount (and even slightly higher state-based minimum wage rates) don't pay workers enough to cover life's basic needs. ...
What is the role of medical providers in ensuring a successful recovery for injured workers? Many occupational medicine specialists consider  a positive outcome for workplace injury recovery to include maximum physical improvement and a speedy return to work. Yet those healthcare providers are gen...
Every day, workers in different industries across Washington State are injured by workplace hazards including: Slips, Trips, and Falls Falls from heights (ladders, elevations) Moving parts on machinery Strains and sprains (lifting, moving, reaching) Third Party Injuries Some of the more serio...
With summer now in high gear, it’s the season for local carnivals and country fairs. To help parents ensure the safety of their children, the Department of Labor & Industries has published an amusement ride checklist. While bounce houses and amusement rides are fun family-oriented activities,...
Last month during Bike to Work day, many cycling activists renewed the simple question of why all the wonderful bike sharing programs popping up across the U.S. don’t provide helmets as well as wheels. Of course there are a number of predictable reasons — cost, hygiene, liability — but one of ...
Seattle’s quest for the title of the first major U.S. city with a $15 minimum wage has hit a road bump: resistance from waiters and bartenders themselves. Worried about a drop in income from tips, many are contacting local politicians to say they support the status quo. In Washington state, that ...