[caption id="attachment_6425" align="alignright" width="300"] Carol Houlder, a substance abuse counselor, waited a year for surgery on her injured ankle to be approved. “I was in so much pain and felt so hopeless for so long,” she said.[/caption] Last week, following investigative reports about...
Last month our story “Employee v. Employer: Who Gets The Shortest End of the Work Comp Stick?” discussed a number of hardships employees face once they are designated as an “aging injured worker.”  Yet the difficulties employers experience in dealing with the workers’ comp system are sign...
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...
Construction jobs rank among the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Every year, thousands of individuals in Washington suffer from construction site accidents or workplace fatalities. Frequent causes include: Scaffolding accidents Falls Crane accidents Accidents involving compressed gases or chemi...
According to results of a Department of Labor and Industries investigation, Bellevue Square escalator that malfunctioned and injured seven shoppers several months ago wasn't up on 32 of the state's safety codes. L&I investigators report that three of the escalator's safety-stop systems failed t...
Did you know that the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) founded Guide Dogs of America? Guide Dogs of America is committed to the mission of training guide dogs and providing instruction in their use at no charge to blind and visually impaired Americans. This all...
Yesterday former Industrial Appeals Judge Wayne Lieb published an op-ed in the The Olympian titled "Republicans Attacking an Important Safety Net."  His article is reprinted in full below. March 07, 2013 Wayne Lieb is a former Industrial Appeals Judge and currently an attorney in Olympia, with mo...
In a recent Seattle Times op-ed piece, “More changes to state workers’ compensation system needed,” Christopher Hurst and Cathy Dahlquist argue that the Washington Legislature must implement more cost-saving changes within our workers’ compensation system if it hopes to resolve a $1.1 billio...
Despite the fact that state and federal regulations require employers to observe a wide variety of safety measures, thousands of workers are seriously injured or killed on the job each year. For the majority of workplace injuries, employees are restricted to amounts and benefits established by the w...