[caption id="attachment_3823" align="alignright" width="300"] Ironworkers removing cable wrapping machine from the south-side span at dusk (winter 2012)[/caption] In an interview aired yesterday on NPR’s “Here and Now,” construction- and iron-workers had to remind listeners of a simple fact...
With her sites set on a law that critics have labeled as weak and outdated, last week Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington state, introduced legislation to fortify the 1970 law governing workplace safety. The bill, commonly known as the Protecting America’s Workers Act, is directed at...
While employers across the country are taking measures to address obesity in the workplace, much work remains to be done, and businesses need additional tools and resources, especially among small and mid-size organizations. These findings were reported following a survey of more than 500 businesses...
No matter where Americans stand on the health care debate, everyone can agrees on the obvious fact that costs have been rising at alarming rates for decades now. Health care now makes up 18 cents of every dollar spent in the U.S.; compare this to 1970, when it was 7 cents for every dollar. This beg...
Often, injured workers involved in a workers' compensation claim will receive notice from the Department of Labor and Industries instructing them to schedule and complete an IME exam. The reason cited by L&I, as well as many other private insurance companies, is that the IME allows a doctor othe...
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published information on work-related deaths in 2011, highlighting the three occupations with the highest fatality rates. Workplace Fatality Many are surprised to learn that among fishermen killed on the job, rates have been cut nearly in half since 2009. Unf...
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...
Many Washington workers contact us with the following question:  “I received a bill from my doctor for medical services related to my workers’ compensation (L&I) claim. Do I have to pay it”? The answer is "No": injured workers do not have to cover costs for medical treatment resulting fr...
Third-party claims are generally brought against private individuals or companies when their negligence caused your accident. Yet oftentimes a third party injury is more complicated that it may initially appear. Many such cases require methodical investigation and a far-reaching knowledge of third p...
[caption id="attachment_2525" align="alignright" width="300"] Learn some more simple and reasonable tactics for managing workplace stress.[/caption] Over the past years we have discussed the medical and emotional risks of excessive or consistent worry. For employees with a workplace injury, occupat...