[caption id="attachment_24831" align="alignnone" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/rightdx[/caption] Washington state investigators have handed out a growing number of hefty fines to businesses violating COVID-19 safety rules designed to protect employees and customers. But none of them eve...
[caption id="attachment_25020" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com:sayu_k[/caption] The number of complaints about workplace violations of COVID-19 safety measures in Washington has soared in the weeks leading up to Gov. Jay Inslee’s renewed statewide lockdown. The heighten...
[caption id="attachment_23581" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/JillianCain[/caption] Workers’ compensation officials in Amazon's home state of Washington have proposed creating a new risk category for employees at the company’s highly-automated warehouses, who have rep...
[caption id="attachment_23250" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/maska82[/caption] The long-term economic losses of workers with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), whose common symptoms include numbness and weakening of the hand muscles, have long been known to exceed those of wo...
[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...
Washington state’s workers’ compensation arm spends a lot of time and resources investigating employers and employees suspected of defrauding the public safety net program that acts as a lifeline for workers injured on the job. Sometimes, the worker’s comp division itself comes under scrutiny...
On-the-job injuries can become a headache for workers for a number of reasons beyond the obvious ones: Coworkers might not be happy that they have to pick up the slack to hit production targets. Bosses might feel the same way. Too many injuries could even reflect poorly on the company as a whole. ...
As the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, Washington has cultivated one of the largest cannabis industries in the United States. As of Jan. 2019, Washington had more workers in the industry (33,591) than any other state, according to cannabis website Leafly. Not surprisingl...
Take a deep breath, filling your belly. Pause. Now breath out slowly while counting to five. Repeat the cycle four times. Congratulations. You’ve just relaxed your body’s central nervous system. Controlled and mindful breathing, like the simple cycle described above, have been proven to re...
New research by the Department of Labor & Industries' (L&I) has shown that a common chemical used in commercial carwashes can endanger the health of people who work with it. SHARP, an occupational safety and health research program at L&I, closely examined 12 years’ worth of workers' ...