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A 19-Year-Old Landscape Laborer Dies When Entangled in Auger after Entering the Hopper of a Bark Blower Truck (3.43 MB)

In July of 2014, a 19-year-old landscape laborer died after entering the hopper of a bark blower truck and becoming entangled in its rotating auger system. The victim was employed by a company that is a supplier of commercial and residential bark, mulch, and other landscaping materials. The day of the incident was his second day on the job. He had no prior experience in the landscaping industry.

2017 Publication #:
52-41-2017

Author(s):
Washington Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (WA FACE)

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Carpenter Falls 60 Feet from Bridge Concrete Form (305 KB PDF)

In March 2015, a 34-year-old journeyman carpenter died when he fell 60 feet from a concrete form suspended below a bridge. The victim was employed by a joint venture company that was contracted by the state department of transportation to build a bridge across a lake. He was an experienced journeyman carpenter and a crew foreman on this project.

2017 Publication #:
71-158-2017

Author(s):
FACE

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Carpenter Falls 60 Feet from Bridge Concrete Form (Slideshow) (1.10MB PDF)

In March 2015, a 34-year-old journeyman carpenter died when he fell 60 feet from a concrete form suspended below a bridge. The victim was employed by a joint venture company that was contracted by the state department of transportation to build a bridge across a lake. He was an experienced journeyman carpenter and a crew foreman on this project.

2017 Publication #:
71-158-2017s

Author(s):
FACE

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Characteristics of Injuries Not Reported by Employers (108 KB PDF)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is an important source of workplace health and safety data, publishing annual estimates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses for the US and most states. Estimates are based on employer-reported data, collected through the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII). Employers are instructed to submit data based on their OSHA injury and illness records and to provide detailed information for severe injuries and illnesses )013 defined as cases involving one or more days of missed work.

2017 Publication #:
75-24-2017

Author(s):
Sara Wuellner

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Choker Setter Struck by Falling Chunk (492 KB PDF)

In September 2016, a 27-year-old choker setter was seriously injured by a chunk (log) that fell from a processor grapple and then slid off the edge of a landing and struck him. The two-person rigging crew was made up of a hook tender/rigging slinger and a choker setter, both of whom had multiple years of experience in the logging industry.

2017 Publication #:
92-24-2017

Author(s):
FACE

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Close call when spliced eye on tether cable breaks (807.77 KB)

In August 2017, the operator of a cable-assisted steep slope machine (SSM) had a close call when the spliced eye on his cable broke while traveling downhill.

2017 Publication #:
97-01-2017

Author(s):
SHARP

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Dairy Worker Injured When Clothes Are Caught in Straw Spreader (239.45 KB)

In December 2016, a worker at a dairy farm was severely injured when his clothing was caught in the rotating beater bars of a straw spreader that he was greasing.

2017 Publication #:
71-161-2017

Author(s):
FACE

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Dairy Worker Injured When Clothes Are Caught in Straw Spreader slideshow (208.32 KB)

In December 2016, a worker at a dairy farm was severely injured when his clothing was caught in the rotating beater bars of a straw spreader that he was greasing.

2017 Publication #:
71-161-2017s

Author(s):
FACE

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Declines in Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (111 KB PDF)

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis, are common and costly, and often have longer and more severe outcomes than other workplace injuries. WMSDs are preventable.

2017 Publication #:
75-26-2017

Author(s):
SHARP

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Equipment Hazards Frequently Found During DOSH Consultation Visits, January,013April 2017 (480 KB PDF)

Equipment in poor condition can cause injury!

2017 Publication #:
94-02-2017

Author(s):
SHARP

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Farm Laborer Dies When UTV Struck by Vehicle (413.44 KB)

In April 2016, a 35-year-old wheat farm laborer died when the Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) he was operating on a state highway was struck by a motor vehicle.

2017 Publication #:
71-163-2017

Author(s):
Randy Clark

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Farm Laborer Dies When UTV Struck by Vehicle Slideshow (969.87 KB)

In April 2016, a 35-year-old wheat farm laborer died when the Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) he was operating on a state highway was struck by a motor vehicle.

2017 Publication #:
71-163-2017s

Author(s):
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

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Foreman and Laborer Fall when Aerial Lift Struck by Vehicle (339 KB PDF)

In July 2016, a 40-year-old construction foreman died and a 57-year-old laborer was injured when a truck struck the elevated aerial lift platform they were working in, ejecting them from the platform. The two men worked for a civil construction contractor that does, among other projects, bridge construction.

2017 Publication #:
71-160-2017

Author(s):
FACE

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Foreman and Laborer Fall when Aerial Lift Struck by Vehicle (Slideshow) (1012 KB PDF)

In July 2016, a 40-year-old construction foreman died and a 57-year-old laborer was injured when a truck struck the elevated aerial lift platform they were working in, ejecting them from the platform. The two men worked for a civil construction contractor that does, among other projects, bridge construction.

2017 Publication #:
71-160-2017s

Author(s):
FACE

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Framer Falls 18 Feet while Sheathing Roof (375.08 KB)

In February of 2016, a 53-year-old framer died when he fell 18 feet from the residential roof he was sheathing. He had worked for his employer, a construction company specializing in home remodeling, on several projects and had been on this project for nearly a month. He was a licensed contractor with 30 years,019 experience.

2017 Publication #:
71-162-2017

Author(s):
Clark
Randy

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Framer Falls 18 Feet While Sheathing Roof slideshow (881.98 KB)

In February of 2016, a 53-year-old framer died when he fell 18 feet from the residential roof he was sheathing. He had worked for his employer, a construction company specializing in home remodeling, on several projects and had been on this project for nearly a month. He was a licensed contractor with 30 years,019 experience.

2017 Publication #:
71-162-2017s

Author(s):
Clark
Randy

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Hazard: Grabbing Swinging Chokers (161.07 KB)

Do not approach the rigging until swinging chokers come to rest!

2017 Publication #:
94-05-2017

Author(s):
SHARP

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Hazard: Skyline Hung Through Standing Timber (283 KB PDF)

WAC 296-54-577(4) Employees must be in the clear of logs, root wads, chunks, hazardous trees, rolling material and rigging before the go-ahead signal is given and must stay in the clear until all rigging movement has stopped.

2017 Publication #:
94-03-2017

Author(s):
SHARP Hazard Brief

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Hazard: Unstable Logs on Loads (408.38 PDF)

Logs not contained in the stakes can roll off and strike drivers wrapping the load.

2017 Publication #:
94-04-2017

Author(s):
SHARP Hazard Brief

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Immediate Inpatient Hospitalizations for Work-Related Injury - Washington State, 2014 (1.24 MB PDF)

Immediate inpatient hospitalizations resulting from work-related injuries are a small proportion of injuries but indicate a need for intervention to reduce hazards and diminish the risk for future injuries. This report describes the creation of a unique surveillance system designed to identify immediate inpatient hospitalizations in Washington State using a multi-step process linking WA workers' compensation (WC) data with WA hospital discharge data.

2017 Publication #:
96-04-2017

Author(s):
Naomi Anderson

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Immediate Work-Related Inpatient Hospitalizations in Crop & Animal Production Agriculture: Washington State, 2011-2015 (711 KB PDF)

Work-related injuries so severe they result in immediate hospitalization of the worker can be prevented. We examined in-patient hospitalization data and workers' compensation claims data to learn more about incidents involving hospitalization within one day of work-related injury among Washington workers in the Crop and Animal Production industries (NAICS subsectors 111, 112, and 1151-1152) during the 5-year period, 2011-2015.

2017 Publication #:
96-3-2017

Author(s):
N. Anderson
S. Wuellner

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Injury Rates Among Janitors 013 Differences in Work-Related Injuries Among Janitors, by Gender (106.42 KB)

Differences in Work-Related Injuries Among Janitors, by Gender Washington State Workers 019 Compensation State Fund 2003 0132013

2017 Publication #:
76-08-2017

Author(s):
Naomi Anderson

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Isocyanate-based foam and Work-Related Asthma (424 KB PDF)

Work-related asthma is a lung disease caused or made worse by exposure to substances in the workplace. Isocyanates are a family of chemicals that are well known to cause work-related asthma.1 Isocyanate-based spray foam is available for both industrial and consumer use. Once isocyanates have fully cured, the risk of getting sick is reduced. However, it can be hard to know when the isocyanates are fully cured such that no one gets sick upon building re-entry.

2017 Publication #:
42-3-2017

Author(s):
Carolyn Whitaker
Elyette Martin

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Laborer Falls 12 Feet through Barn Roof (330.52 KB)

In September of 2016, a 54-year-old construction laborer fell 12 feet to his death when he stepped on a portion of the metal roof of a dairy cow barn and it gave way. It was his first day on the job working for his employer, a small general contractor. Investigators were unable to determine his construction work experience.

2017 Publication #:
71-164-2017

Author(s):
Clark
Randy

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Laborer Falls 12 Feet through Barn Roof - Slideshow (876.57 KB)

In September of 2016, a 54-year-old construction laborer fell 12 feet to his death when he stepped on a portion of the metal roof of a dairy cow barn and it gave way. It was his first day on the job working for his employer, a small general contractor. Investigators were unable to determine his construction work experience.

2017 Publication #:
71-164-2017s

Author(s):
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

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Marijuana and Work-Related Asthma (681 KB PDF)

Work-related asthma is a lung disease caused or made worse by exposure to substances in the workplace. Legal industrial-scale marijuana (Cannabis sativa) processing has highlighted a connection between plant dust inhalation and a risk for work-related breathing problems.

2017 Publication #:
42-4-2017

Author(s):
Carolyn Whitaker
Elyette Martin

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Occupations with Highest Mortality Ratio from Suicide (113 KB PDF)

Suicide by Occupation Occupations with Highest Mortality Ratio from Suicide Washington State Occupational Mortality Database

2017 Publication #:
76-05-2017

Author(s):
SHARP

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Orchard Tractor Operator Dies When Run Over by Rotary Mower After Falling From Tractor (1.52 MB PDF)

In April of 2013, an orchard worker died when he was run over by a rotary mower after he fell from the tractor it was attached to. The victim was using the tractor and mower attachment to cut the grass between rows of pear trees. The incident was not witnessed, but investigators believe that it is most probable that he fell when he attempted to dismount the tractor to retrieve his hat that may have been knocked off by a low hanging branch. He likely either failed to put the tractor in neutral when he stopped, causing the tractor to lurch forward when he removed his foot from the clutch pedal, or inadvertently moved the gear selector lever out of neutral as he stood up to dismount the tractor. In either scenario, it is assumed that the sudden or unexpected movement of the tractor caused him to fall to the ground between the tractor and the mower. As the tractor continued to move forward, the victim's upper body was run over by the 1740 lb. mower. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

2017 Publication #:
52-40-2017

Author(s):
FACE

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Pipelayer Dies when Trench Wall Collapses (241 KB PDF)

In January 2016, a 36-year-old pipelayer died when the wall of the trench he was working in collapsed and buried him. The incident happened at a residential job site where the employer, the victim, and another worker were replacing a sewer line.

2017 Publication #:
71-156-2017

Author(s):
FACE

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Pipelayer Dies when Trench Wall Collapses (slideshow) (1.37 MB PDF)

In January 2016, a 36-year-oldpipelayer died when the wall of the trench he was working in collapsed and buried him. The incident happened at a residential job site where the employer, the victim, and another worker were replacing a sewer line.

2017 Publication #:
71-156-2017s

Author(s):
FACE

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Road builders can create hazards for loggers & cutters (363 KB PDF)

Road builders are the first ones into a logging unit. Without proper planning, they can create hazards for the next phase in the harvest operations. Don't leave hazards for those working behind you!

2017 Publication #:
94-01-2017

Author(s):
SHARP

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Safety Climate Impacts Truck Driver Injuries (121.24 KB)

Truck drivers are at higher risk for occupational injuries than most other workers in Washington State. Safety climate is the shared perception among workers of how their organization prioritizes safety. The purpose of this research was to study the relationship between safety climate and work-related injuries in truck drivers.

2017 Publication #:
75-29-2017

Author(s):
Naomi J. Anderson
Caroline K. Smith
and Jesse L. Byrd

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SHARP Stats: Construction Falls Claims and Costs (458 KB PDF)

Percent of Claims and Costs for Fall from Elevation claims by Construction Activity

2017 Publication #:
76-04-2017

Author(s):
Naomi Anderson

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Shovel Operator Dies When Shovel Rolls Down a Ridge (533 KB PDF)

In September 2016, a 50-year-old logging equipment operator died when the shovel/yoder he was operating rolled down a steep ridge. He was an experienced equipment operator who began working in the logging industry at the age of 17. On the days leading up to the incident, the shovel was rigged up as a yoder. Once the crew had finished yarding and decking the logs on the ridge, the next step was for the operator to swing the decks of logs to the road.

2017 Publication #:
92-23-2017

Author(s):
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

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Sit-Stand Workstation Schedules (108.02 KB)

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are common among office workers who spend most of their work time on computers. High static muscle loading is considered a risk factor for WMSDs.

2017 Publication #:
75-30-2017

Author(s):
SHARP

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Skyline Hazard Complacency (215.96 KB)

Today, most cable logging in Washington is done using a motorized carriage and standing skyline. Younger rigging crew members may have never worked around ,01Cshotgun logging,01D with a skyline that is slacked up and down throughout the day. Crews that get used to a skyline that stays in the air except during road changes might forget that it can still come crashing down!

2017 Publication #:
94-06-2017

Author(s):
Travis Naillon

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Temporary Worker Injury Claims (199.50 KB)

Workers019 Compensation Claim Rates: Temporary vs. Permanent Workers Washington State Workers 019 Compensation System 2011 0132015

2017 Publication #:
76-07-2017

Author(s):
SHARP

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Temporary Workers at Risk (106.59 KB)

Factors Underlying Observed Injury Rate Differences between Temporary Workers and Permanent Peers

2017 Publication #:
75-27-2017

Author(s):
Michael Foley

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Tethered Machine Creates a Hazard for Hand Fallers (217.74 KB)

In August of 2017, two timber fallers were hired to fall trees that a tethered machine could not cut. The fallers packed their gear to two alder trees that were to be hand felled. They assessed the situation and found it to be unsafe. The trees were brushed in and had been struck by trees felled by the tethered machine. A large limb had broken off of one tree and was laying against the other standing tree. The fallers made the right choice and did not fall the trees due to the hazardous situation.

2017 Publication #:
94-07-2017

Author(s):
Travis Naillon

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Timber Cutter Struck by Maple Limb (812 KB PDF)

In March 2014, a falling maple limb struck and killed a 65-year-old timber cutter. The cutter and his employer, the owner of a logging company, were working at a logging site. The ground was flat and the day was rainy. The cutter was falling timber and the owner was operating a log loader to push trees over as the cutter was sawing them.

2017 Publication #:
92-25-2017

Author(s):
FACE

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Timber Faller Killed When Struck by Maple Top (616 KB PDF)

In September of 2015, a 62-year-old timber faller died after he was struck in the abdomen and pelvis by a maple top. The victim had over 40 years' experience in the logging industry and was highly regarded as a skilled timber faller.

2017 Publication #:
92-26-2017

Author(s):
FACE

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Timber Faller Perspectives on Tethered Logging Operations (299 KB PDF)

Timber falling in the Pacific Northwest is undergoing a radical transformation. Tethered or winch-assisted machines are being introduced to fall timber on steep slopes. To better understand the potential impact of tethered logging operations on logging safety, a Safety and Health Specialist from the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program interviewed five owners of Washington State timber falling companies.

2017 Publication #:
11-3-2017

Author(s):
Travis Naillon

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Trabajador de lechería se lesiona cuando su ropa es atrapada en un esparcidor de paja Slideshow (204.16 KB)

En diciembre de 2016, un trabajador en una lechería resultó gravemente herido cuando su ropa se atoró en las barras giratorias del batidor de un esparcidor de paja que estaba engrasando.

2017 Publication #:
71-161-2017s

Author(s):
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

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Truck Driver Crushed When Unsecured Equipment Falls From Trailer (298 KB PDF)

In September 2016, a 45-year-old truck driver died when he was struck by two potato conveyor belt tables that fell from a flatbed trailer. He had worked for the multi-state potato harvesting and transport company for about four months. On the morning of the incident, the victim arrived at around 7 a.m. and began loading four tables onto a lowboy flatbed trailer so they could be transported to another site.

2017 Publication #:
71-159-2017

Author(s):
FACE

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Truck Driver Crushed When Unsecured Equipment Falls From Trailer (Slideshow) (472 KB PDF)

In September 2016, a 45-year-old truck driver died when he was struck by two potato conveyor belt tables that fell from a flatbed trailer. He had worked for the multi-state potato harvesting and transport company for about four months. On the morning of the incident, the victim arrived at around 7 a.m. and began loading four tables onto a lowboy flatbed trailer so they could be transported to another site.

2017 Publication #:
71-159-2017s

Author(s):
FACE

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Truck Driver Hauling Grain Dies When Truck Crashes (331 KB PDF)

In August of 2016, the 55-year-old driver of a grain truck died when his truck's brakes were unable to slow the truck and it left the road and crashed into a building. The victim was employed to help during the harvest of wheat on a family member's farm. He was being paid for his work. He had over 25 years experience driving commercial vehicles.

2017 Publication #:
71-157-2017

Author(s):
FACE

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Truck Driver Hauling Grain Dies When Truck Crashes - Slideshow (2.28MB PDF)

In August of 2016, the 55-year-old driver of a grain truck died when his truck's brakes were unable to slow the truck and it left the road and crashed into a building. The victim was employed to help during the harvest of wheat on a family member's farm. He was being paid for his work. He had over 25 years experience driving commercial vehicles.

2017 Publication #:
71-157-2017s

Author(s):
FACE

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Valley fever (Worker) (364 KB PDF)

Do you work outside? Have you had a cough, fever, or painful breathing for more than two weeks? Tell your boss and see a doctor about Valley fever. People get Valley fever from breathing fungal spores that come out of the soil. Today we know that you can get Valley fever while working in southcentral Washington soil. In the past, Valley fever was only known in the southwestern states like Arizona and California.

2017 Publication #:
42-1-2017

Author(s):
Carolyn Whitaker
Elyette Martin

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Valley fever now in Washington State: Information for Clinicians (566 KB PDF)

Valley fever (coccidioidomycosis) is a disease caused by infection with the Coccidioides fungus. The Coccidioides fungus has been found in soil in south-central Washington and locally acquired cases of coccidioidomycosis have been reported to the Washington State Department of Health.

2017 Publication #:
42-5-2017

Author(s):
Carolyn Whitaker
Elyette Martin

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Valley fever now in Washington State: Information for Employers (996 KB PDF)

Washington workers are at risk for Valley fever (coccidioidomycosis). Valley fever is a disease caused by the Coccidioides fungus that has recently been found in the soil of southcentral Washington. Because the fungus is newly discovered in Washington, it can be hard to recognize, giving the infection time to become serious in some people.

2017 Publication #:
42-2-2017

Author(s):
Carolyn Whitaker
Elyette Martin

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Washington State Adult Blood Lead Registry Update (203 KB PDF)

The Washington State Blood Lead Registry was established in 1993. The results of all blood lead level (BLL) tests performed in Washington State are reported to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) program at the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I).

2017 Publication #:
38-15-2017

Author(s):
Todd Schoonover

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Washington State Occupational Health Indicators - Current Data (2010-present) (337 KB PDF)

Washington State researchers at the Department of Labor and Industries worked with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Occupational Health workgroup todevelop a set of measures to track occupational injuries and illnesses. These measures are called )018occupational health indicators' (OHI) and are compiled yearly (because of time for datato develop and become available, there is about a 3-year lag; for 2017 CSTE OHI data is being collected for 2014). They are meant to provide an overview and general assessment of theoccupational health status of Washington State.

2017 Publication #:
80-11-2017

Author(s):
Naomi Anderson

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Washington State Occupational Health Indicators - Current Data (2010-present) (392 KB PDF)

There are over 3 million workers in Washington State. Every year tens of thousands are injured or made ill on the job. These work-related injuries and illnesses have high human and economic costs, but can be prevented. Tracking these injuries and illnesses is the first step to understanding whether prevention methods are succeeding or need to be improved. Washington State researchers at the Department of Labor and Industries worked with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Occupational Health workgroup to develop a set of measures to track occupational injuries and illnesses. These measures are called )018occupational health indicators' (OHI) and are compiled yearly (because of time for data to develop and become available, there is about a 3-year lag; for 2017 CSTE OHI data is being collected for 2014). They are meant to provide an overview and general assessment of the occupational health status of Washington State.

2017 Publication #:
80-11-2017

Author(s):
Naomi Anderson

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WASHINGTON STATE WORK-RELATED FATALITIES REPORT 2016 (1.61MB PDF)

All people who were working in Washington State or the waters or airspace within or off of the state and died due to a work-related incident. Workers based in other states that have fatal injury incidents in Washington are included.

2017 Publication #:
93-02-2017

Author(s):
FACE

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WMSD Claims and Costs (105.71 KB)

Declines in Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) Washington State Workers)019 Compensation System 1999)0132013

2017 Publication #:
76-06-2017

Author(s):
SHARP

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WORK-RELATED ASTHMA (140 KB PDF)

Work-related asthma is a lung disease that is caused or made worse at work.

2017 Publication #:
42-6-2017

Author(s):
Carolyn Whitaker
Elyette Martin

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Work-Related Deaths 013 Washington State Work-Related Fatalities: January-June, 2017 (213.23 KB)

Washington State Work-Related Fatalities: January:013June, 2017

2017 Publication #:
76-09-2017

Author(s):
WA FACE

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Work-related Injuries Among Janitors (113.12 KB)

Janitors are a large sector of employment in the United States and are considered high risk, low-wage workers. This study describes the types of injuries, cost, and lost work time of janitors who filed a workers' compensation claim in Washington State for an injury that occurred during the years 2003 through 2013.

2017 Publication #:
75-28-2017

Author(s):
Naomi Anderson

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Work-Related Injury and Illness (372 KB PDF)

Work-related injury and illness are frequent and have lasting consequences. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a statewide telephone survey conducted annually to collect information on health outcomes and behaviors. We analyzed Washington State BRFSS data from 2011 to 2014 for associations between work-related injury and illness and characteristics such as worker demographics, health conditions, and behaviors. Among the 51,335 respondents, 51% were eligible to answer the work-related injury or illness question.

2017 Publication #:
75-25-2017

Author(s):
SHARP

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Yarder frame breaks while pulling turn (263.42 KB)

In June 2017, a TMY 45 yarder broke and tipped over while pulling a turn into the landing. Fortunately, there were no major injuries to the crew.

2017 Publication #:
97-02-2017

Author(s):
Travis Naillon

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