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Tue, 14 Oct 2014
Two men face unregistered contractor charges in connection with construction scams in Kent and Renton that bilked consumers out of hundreds of dollars.
Tue, 7 Oct 2014
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited an Olympia roofing company for the seventh time in recent years for safety violations involving fall protection for roofers.
Thu, 2 Oct 2014
A contractor renovating the Whatcom County Jail has paid nearly $200,000 in back wages owed to 13 workers on the project.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014
Washington's minimum wage will increase 15 cents to $9.47 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced today.
Mon, 29 Sep 2014
A Kent man who raced BMX-style bicycles while claiming he was too disabled to work stands accused of defrauding the state.
Wed, 24 Sep 2014
A Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) employee has reached a major milestone, recently surpassing more than $2 million in collections for workers who filed wage complaints against employers.
Tue, 23 Sep 2014
A Spokane Valley woman who worked at her restaurant while collecting disability benefits must repay the state $125,000.
Tue, 23 Sep 2014
Twenty-three Washington men and women will receive the Governor's Lifesaving Award and will be featured guests at the 63rd Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference on Sept. 24 and 25 at the Spokane Convention Center.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is proposing an average 1.8 percent rate increase for 2015 workers' compensation premiums, which is just under the current rate of wage inflation. The increase comes out to about 1 cent per hour worked.
Thu, 14 Aug 2014
One of the largest safety and health conferences in the nation is planned for Spokane next month, and registration is now open for the event.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014
A Lynnwood woman must repay Washington state more than $200,000 for workers' comp benefits she received fraudulently.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014
A Spokane woman stands accused of raking in more than $100,000 in disability benefits while working with her husband to operate his motel, and their nightclub and apartment building.
Wed, 16 Jul 2014
An unregistered contractor must serve 30 days in jail for scamming homeowners who paid him thousands of dollars for home improvement projects that he never finished.
Wed, 9 Jul 2014
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited three companies for safety violations related to the death of a construction worker in downtown Seattle in January. The man died after falling 72 feet from a scaffold at a construction site on Taylor Avenue North.
Tue, 8 Jul 2014
A Seattle contractor faces charges that he defrauded homeowners who paid him more than $45,000 to upgrade their bathrooms and kitchens, and do other home renovation projects.
Tue, 1 Jul 2014
A first-in-the-nation effort to support farming's future will restart July 1 in an expanded and extended format. The Farm Internship Project brings small farms together with people who want to learn farming practices.
Mon, 30 Jun 2014
For most workers injured before July 1, 2013, time-loss and pension benefit payments will increase 2 percent based on the change in the state's average wage, as announced by the Department of Employment Security on June 26.
Mon, 30 Jun 2014
This month the program known as "Stay at Work" marked a milestone. More than 10,000 injured workers and their employers have been helped since the program, managed by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), started.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014
If you know a real-life hero or heroine who saved a life while on the job this past year, the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board would like to hear from you.
Wed, 11 Jun 2014
With summer around the corner and the start of the season for local fairs and carnivals, the Department of Labor & Industries is offering a helpful amusement ride safety checklist for parents.
Tue, 10 Jun 2014
Being a safe forklift driver requires skill and knowledge. Professional forklift drivers have an opportunity to demonstrate both in upcoming regional forklift competitions. The winners of the two regional events will go on to a statewide "rodeo" at the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference in the fall.
Wed, 4 Jun 2014
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited Wilcox Farms Feedmill, Inc., of Roy for safety violations related to a fatal silo collapse last December. One worker died after he was engulfed in more than 400 tons of corn that spilled out of the silo.
Thu, 29 May 2014
Falls account for the highest number of deaths among construction workers nationally and more than half of all worker hospitalizations across all industries in Washington state. Because of the high number of falls in the workplace, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is teaming up with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to announce a "Safety Stand-Down" the week of June 2-6.
Tue, 27 May 2014
A Pierce County landscaper must serve one year on probation and perform community service for failing to provide workers' compensation coverage for an injured employee.
Wed, 21 May 2014
Injured workers in Washington state can now choose from more than 20,000 health-care providers in the Department of Labor & Industries' (L&I) medical network. The network went live in 2013 to serve workers who need ongoing medical treatment for job-related injuries or illness.
Wed, 21 May 2014
Here's a Department of Revenue news release about the Suspect Fraud campaign (http://www.suspectfraud.com) sponsored by L&I, Revenue and the Employment Security Department. Remember, you can also report L&I-related fraud directly to us at www.lni.wa.gov/Main/Fraud.
Tue, 20 May 2014
Two Mount Vernon-area women, who provided interpretation services for Spanish-speaking injured workers, must repay the state thousands of dollars from a false billing scam.
Fri, 16 May 2014
Three defendants from Tacoma, East Wenatchee and Idaho have been sentenced for cheating the Washington state system that helps injured workers.
Thu, 15 May 2014
Eleven workers underpaid for their effort on an Auburn activity center will share nearly $43,000 in wages owed to them under a settlement between the state and the construction company involved.
Thu, 8 May 2014
Henningsen Cold Storage in Richland has received an award from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for its exemplary safety and health program.
Wed, 7 May 2014
Teens are gearing up to search for summer jobs and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is urging employers, parents and others to support safety during "Safe Jobs for Youth Month" in May.
Mon, 28 Apr 2014
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is warning homeowners and businesses to steer clear of scam artists offering to pave driveways and resurface parking lots.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014
A cell tower climber, a lab worker, a chef, a school superintendent, truck drivers, mechanics, firefighters, loggers, farm workers — these are among the 65 people who will be honored this year at the 2014 Worker Memorial Day ceremony April 29.
Tue, 15 Apr 2014
A Seattle cab driver who defrauded Washington state of workers' compensation benefits must pay back the state and spend 20 days in confinement.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014
The job of construction worker remains one of the toughest, and getting the right safety training and equipment can make all the difference. The Seventh Annual Construction Safety Day, April 23, offers construction employers, supervisors and workers the opportunity to get just the right safety training.
Wed, 9 Apr 2014
Truckers, movers, and police and firefighters are likeliest to be obese. Doctors, scientists and teachers are the healthiest. Those are the results of a first-of-its-type study the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries sponsored connecting what you do for work with obesity.
Tue, 8 Apr 2014
In the year since the tragic death on a King County Metro escalator, more than 60 people have been injured on escalators, according to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).
Mon, 31 Mar 2014
A 41-year-old Bremerton man has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for defrauding hospitals to get painkillers.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014
A Stanwood business owner must spend a year in prison for a scam that defrauded state and federal disability programs and his union, U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan announced Thursday.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014
Two Mount Vernon-area interpreters, who were the Department of Labor & Industries' top billers for mileage, face felony theft charges alleging they overbilled the state by thousands of dollars.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014
A 38-year-old East Wenatchee man faces an April 24 trial on a charge of defrauding the state of workers' compensation benefits in a case that goes back years.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014
Bayley Construction in Mercer Island has been recognized with a safety and health award from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for its exemplary safety and health prevention program at two worksites.
Fri, 7 Mar 2014
A Bothell landscaper who claimed he was suffering from an on-the-job injury has admitted to stealing state workers' compensation benefits.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014
A Pierce County landscaper has been charged with failing to pay workers' compensation insurance after one of his employees was injured on the job.
Thu, 6 Feb 2014
A program that encourages employers to provide injured workers with light-duty jobs has paid off with $19.6 million for the business community.
Mon, 3 Feb 2014
An asphalt paver who went door to door in Snohomish County offering customers "a really good deal" now faces upset homeowners and criminal charges of failing to register as a contractor.
Fri, 31 Jan 2014
Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Agriculture Safety Day, which will be held on Feb. 19, 2014, at the Yakima Convention Center.
Tue, 21 Jan 2014
Home shows are like candy stores to home renovators hungry for remodeling ideas and hunting for good contractors. To get the most out of your home show visit, go in with a plan, says the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).
Mon, 13 Jan 2014
If a winter storm trashes your house, don't let the repair job add to your woes. Take time to choose a well-qualified, registered contractor.