It's a heated labor dispute, even though the "workers" can't speak out on their own. If you've ever been a tourist in Chicago, you've likely seen the horses that pull carriages through some city's swankiest neighborhoods. The carriage operators claim that those animals are healthy and happy. But...
Those who study workplace injuries in the U.S. had both good and bad news to report this past week. There are fewer occupational injuries today; but the bad news is those who are hurt now get far less help. This data comes from an important report just released on how the system is failing to provi...
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...
The Washington State Department of Corrections must close down a 40-year old program staffed by prison inmates who have been tasked with removing asbestos from prison facilities. After determining that these inmate workers were exposed to hazardous asbestos dust, the Department of Labor and Industr...
[caption id="attachment_3997" align="alignright" width="300"] Westlake Park[/caption] Patrick Reddy, the attorney representing a concierge who was beaten by a mob in Westlake Park last summer, has filed a $450,000 claim against the city of Seattle for negligence in protecting the public from known ...
The long-anticipated and hotly-debated new documentary “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” finally debuted last night on PBS, with public interest and critical attention at a fever pitch after ESPN (foolishly) tried to dilute the film’s impact but withdrawing its name and support...
[caption id="attachment_3511" align="alignright" width="300"] Texas A&M accidentThis photo provided by KBTX-TV shows damage to the Texas A&M University equestrian center on Saturday, June 22, 2013 near College Station, Texas. A portion of the equestrian center under construction has collapse...
Following this week’s devastating tornado in Oklahoma, workers may find themselves in a number of rescue and recovery operations. These general guidelines apply to many workers involved in evaluating and/or clearing damage on their worksites. However, some operations (including utility restoration...
Bloomberg recently ran a story titled Texas Explosion Seen as Sign of Weak U.S. Oversight; following that article, the Washington Post published another story posing the question: “Was lax oversight to blame for the Texas fertilizer explosion?  Countless other regulators, labor lawyers and worker...