A newly-created TV and Internet advertising campaign is encouraging Washington state employers to offer light-duty jobs to employees during periods where they are recovering from workplace injuries. This “Stay at Work program” through the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) was enacte...
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...
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...
SeaWorld is fighting $75,000 in work safety penalties issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following last year's gruesome death of a trainer who was grabbed by her ponytail and dragged under water by an Orca whale in front of horrified spectators. A hearing is set for Monday ...
Good news from the Governor’s office: Christine Gregoire has announced that the unemployment tax and workers’ compensation reform bills from last legislative session will help businesses weather the continuing economic slump by lowering next year’s unemployment tax rates and holding workers’...
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to a hear a case that would have forced a broader ruling on whether States can deny workers' compensation to undocumented workers injured on the job. According to court documents, Antonio Garcia Rodriguez sustained an injury on February 6, 2004 while doing roofin...
The scenario is familiar: a person posts videos of him or herself engaged in sexual activities on the Internet, believing that in the infinite ebb and flow of global information, this particular bit of titillation will be lost in the wash. Then, someone who is interested in the honesty and fidelity ...
Last month the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued 83 citations to Goodman Manufacturing Company for deliberately failing to document and improperly documenting workplace injuries and illnesses at their Houston air-conditioning plant.  Fines and penalties have been asse...
The lone survivor of a Toronto construction accident from December of 2009 has reportedly filed a $16.3 million suit under the Occupational Health and Safety Act against Metron Construction of Toronto and Swing N Scaff of Ottawa.  The worker is seeking damages from an incident that occurred last Ch...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Of the many concerns that today’s workers face, one of the most troubling is the prospect of losing income during an injury or prolonged illness. Sick or injured workers may suddenly find themselves unable...