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Tue, 10 Dec 2013
Scores of businesses are contacting the Department of Labor & Industries to report they have received an official-looking letter that implies they must buy required workplace posters or face fines. L&I did not send the letters, but wants to remind companies that the workplace posters are available for free.
Mon, 2 Dec 2013
Premiums for workers' compensation insurance next year will increase for the first time in three years, the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced today. The average 2.7 percent rate increase for 2014 premiums is an increase of less than two cents per hour worked.
Wed, 27 Nov 2013
The owner of a Vancouver chiropractic clinic has repaid the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) nearly $90,000 resulting from fraudulent billing.
Mon, 25 Nov 2013
Here are two Thanksgiving leftovers to avoid: excessive plumber bills and shoddy plumbing work.
Tue, 29 Oct 2013
The owner of a foreign-language interpreter service pleaded guilty Monday in a scheme that authorities say cost Washington state hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Tue, 29 Oct 2013
Winners announced in the annual video contest as part of L&I's Injured Young Worker Speakers Program.
Mon, 30 Sep 2013
Washington's minimum wage will increase to $9.32 per hour beginning January 1, 2014, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced today.
Fri, 27 Sep 2013
The operator of several controversial halfway houses in Lewis County now faces felony charges alleging she illegally received more than $90,000 in workers' compensation benefits.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013
When train conductor Max Chabo saw a man on the tracks in front of the moving train in an Olympia tunnel, he threw the emergency brake, jumped off the engine and raced ahead of the train to pull the man away from the engine, saving him from going under the train. Chabo is one of the men and women who took heroic action to provide critical aid when it was needed the most. Next week, they will all be honored for their life-saving efforts.
Thu, 19 Sep 2013
When it comes to remodeling, hiring a qualified contractor can mean the difference between a home improvement and a renovation nightmare. Starting this week, experts from the Department of Labor & Industries will be available at the Washington State Fair, and later at home shows throughout the state, to offer tips on achieving the remodeling project of your dreams.
Tue, 17 Sep 2013
The SDS Lumber Company of Bingen, Wash., has been fined $244,600 for 69 workplace safety and health violations after a worker was seriously injured in March. The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) cited the employer for one willful, 54 serious and 14 general violations of safety and health rules.
Mon, 16 Sep 2013
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has proposed an average 2.7 percent rate increase for 2014 workers' compensation premiums, an increase of less than 2 cents per hour worked.
Thu, 12 Sep 2013
Space is still available at the 62nd annual Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference on Sept. 25 and 26 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. The conference is one of the largest of its kind in the nation for workers, employers and safety and health professionals. It brings together leading industry experts to deliver a program of cutting-edge education, best practices, peer networking and demonstrations.
Wed, 28 Aug 2013
A Spokane restaurant owner faces a felony theft charge alleging she defrauded the state of nearly $250,000 in workers' compensation benefits over eight years while claiming she could not work.
Mon, 19 Aug 2013
A new online service from the Department of Labor & Industries will allow customers to opt for electronic delivery of most claims-related mail — a move that could save the agency $1.3 million in the first year alone.
Thu, 1 Aug 2013
The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) says a 54 year old Seattle man has been charged with 15 counts of second degree theft in connection with more than $262,000 he received in workers' compensation and other benefits.
Tue, 30 Jul 2013
The Department of Labor & Industries has finalized new agreements with health-care organizations to provide Centers of Occupational Health and Education (COHEs).
Mon, 29 Jul 2013
Do you have an innovative idea for improving workplace safety and health or a creative solution to help injured workers return to work soon after an injury? If so, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) would like to hear from you and may help fund your project.
Fri, 26 Jul 2013
An Idaho woman faces felony charges after allegedly receiving more than $12,000 in workers' compensation benefits and nearly $4,000 for vocational rehabilitation while claiming she was unable to work.
Tue, 23 Jul 2013
The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) today released a report on its investigation into an April 8 fatality on a King County Metro escalator. The report found no mechanical problems with the escalator that could have contributed to the incident.
Tue, 2 Jul 2013
For most workers injured before July 1, 2012, time-loss and pension benefit payments will increase 3.4 percent based on the change in the state's average wage, as announced by the Department of Employment Security on June 12.
Mon, 1 Jul 2013
The Department of Labor & Industries has changed the amount of time doctors can prescribe narcotics (opioids) for injured workers without agency authorization from 12 to six weeks.
Fri, 28 Jun 2013
In their first surprise sweep of 2013, construction compliance inspectors with the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) checked 125 contractors on 89 job sites in the Kennewick area this past weekend, citing nine contractors for either lacking a state registration or not being registered for the work they were actually doing.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013
Know someone who saved a life this past year? The Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board would like to know. The board is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Governor's Lifesaving awards, presented to Washington state residents who saved a life these past 12 months.
Mon, 20 May 2013
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has awarded the SMART Association and the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties an $85,000 grant to partner in creating a program to get injured construction workers back on the job sooner.
Fri, 17 May 2013
The Department of Labor & Industries has scheduled a webinar to showcase the value of its Return to Work grant program and encourage more applicants to seek funding.
Tue, 14 May 2013
A 39-year-old Tacoma woman faces charges on five counts of theft for fraudulently collecting more than $50,000 in workers' compensation benefits from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).
Tue, 14 May 2013
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has fined a King County gun shop $23,480 for exposing workers to health hazards caused by lead exposure. Wade's Eastside Gun Shop, Inc. in Bellevue was cited for 17 violations of worker safety and health rules at the business's indoor firing range.
Fri, 10 May 2013
With hot summer weather arriving early this year, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) wants to remind both workers and employers that working outdoors in hot weather can put you at risk of heat-related illness.
Thu, 9 May 2013
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has awarded the University of Washington (UW), in collaboration with Harborview Medical Center, a $100,000 grant to help get injured health-care workers back on the job sooner.
Thu, 9 May 2013
Three local employers have been recognized for safety excellence by the Department of Labor & Industries.
Thu, 9 May 2013
Gov. Jay Inslee has declared May as "Safe Jobs for Youth Month," just ahead of the summer season, when many teens apply for work. While many teens will simply be grateful for a job, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) wants to remind teens, parents and employers that the top priority should be providing a safe workplace for these young workers.
Tue, 7 May 2013
Jose Ramon Amaya-Hernandez thought he found the perfect way to get prescription narcotics — go to a hospital claiming to be in pain due to a work related injury. However, an investigation by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) uncovered the scam.
Wed, 17 Apr 2013
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is seeking public comment on new rules for prescribing opioids (narcotics) to treat pain in injured workers.
Wed, 17 Apr 2013
A young fisherman, a veteran truck driver, a bridge painter, and an office manager working at her desk — these are among the 66 people who will be honored this year at the 2013 Worker Memorial Day ceremony April 23.
Mon, 8 Apr 2013
The Washington Dept. of Labor & Industries today completed a four-month investigation into the cause of a serious escalator malfunction at Bellevue Square on Dec. 6, 2012 that injured seven people.
Tue, 2 Apr 2013
As construction activity continues to rebound, staying focused on workplace safety and preventing injuries is more important than ever.
Mon, 1 Apr 2013
A Tacoma couple received jail time and will have to reimburse the state more than $200,000 after they both filed fraudulent workers' compensation claims in 2009.
Fri, 22 Mar 2013
A Tacoma woman received a 90-day jail term and must pay restitution after pleading guilty to first degree theft charges for fraudulently billing the Department of Labor & Industries for language interpretive services she never provided.
Wed, 20 Mar 2013
A new advertising campaign on television and the Internet is encouraging employers in Washington state to provide light-duty jobs for their employees while they recover from workplace injuries.
Wed, 6 Mar 2013
Owners of a towing service will pay nearly $23,000 in restitution and fines after pleading guilty to charges that they continued to employ workers in their Spanaway towing business after the state had prohibited them from doing so.
Fri, 22 Feb 2013
A Seattle man will pay more than $5,000 in fines and restitution after pleading guilty to charges that he overbilled the state for Spanish language interpretive services.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013
A Lake Stevens man was sentenced to 60 days in jail converted to electronic home monitoring after a state investigation showed he failed to obtain workers' compensation benefits for his employees.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013
A new campaign urging consumers to carefully check the credentials of anyone they hire for home repairs or remodels was launched today by the Department of Labor & Industries. Mike Holmes, nationally known renovation expert, fraud-fighter, and host of HGTV's Holmes on Homes show is the face of the campaign.
Wed, 6 Feb 2013
Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Agriculture Safety Day, which will be held on March 6, 2013, at the Wenatchee Convention Center.
Mon, 4 Feb 2013
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is requesting proposals from health care organizations interested in sponsoring Centers of Occupational Health and Education (COHEs). The COHEs work with medical providers, employers and injured workers to improve health care for work-related injuries and illnesses.
Fri, 1 Feb 2013
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has selected Consilience Software to develop a computer system that will track health care delivery for injured workers. This Occupational Health Management System (OHMS) will be used by L&I’s Centers of Occupational Health and Education and other programs. The first phase of the multi-million dollar project will be completed in mid-2013.
Fri, 1 Feb 2013
An L&I investigation led to a four-and- a-half month jail sentence for a Kettle Falls woman who admitted to stealing more than $30,000 in workers' compensation benefits.
Thu, 31 Jan 2013
Have an innovative idea for improving workplace safety and health, such as with training, equipment or another new idea?
Mon, 14 Jan 2013
Doyle Ronald Wheeler, 36, of Spokane, has been charged in Spokane County Superior Court with first degree felony theft for illegally collecting workers' compensation benefits.
Fri, 11 Jan 2013
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been cited for 15 worker-safety violations following an investigation into the drowning death of a DNR diver last summer.
Thu, 3 Jan 2013
The Department of Labor and Industries has mailed a new set of required workplace posters to employers in Washington state. A major change in the workers' compensation poster (Notice to Employees-If a Job Injury Occurs) prompted the mailing—injured workers must now see a network medical provider for ongoing care.
Fri, 28 Dec 2012
Effective January 1, workers who suffer a job-related injury or illness can see any provider for their first visit to a doctor's office or an emergency room, but for ongoing treatment they must get care from a doctor in the network.
Fri, 28 Dec 2012
Washington's minimum wage increases 15 cents to $9.19 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
Sun, 30 Nov 2012
L&I today announced there will be no overall increase in workers' compensation insurance premiums in 2013. This is the second year in a row that L&I has held overall rates flat.
Wed, 21 Nov 2012
A Tacoma couple has been charged with one count of felony theft each for collecting workers' compensation benefits illegally.
Thu, 8 Nov 2012
It takes just one accidental splash of a corrosive substance, even a common household chemical like bleach, to cause serious or even permanent damage to a worker's eyes or skin. That is why Washington state law requires employers to provide emergency washing/eyewash stations, in addition to personal protective equipment, when there's a potential employee exposure to corrosives, strong irritants or toxic chemicals.
Tue, 6 Nov 2012
In the fourth surprise sweep in Washington state since August, construction compliance inspectors with L&I visited 63 work sites in Chelan and Douglas counties this past weekend, citing 11 contractors for either lacking a state registration, or not being registered for the work they were actually doing. The infraction carries a $1,000 fine for a first-time offense.