Preferred Worker Program - New and Improved!
The Preferred Worker Program has been recently transformed from a rarely used benefit to an incredibly valuable program employers should take advantage of. Unlike the prior program, employers can now bring back their own injured workers.
Company fined more than $100,000 for unsafe forklifts
Forklifts are among the most hazardous vehicles in the workplace, with a great risk of injury and death if they’re not maintained and operated safely. Employers who knowingly and repeatedly expose workers to unsafe forklifts may face stiff penalties.
That’s what happened with a company. The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited, a total of $117,740 for willful and repeated serious workplace safety violations at its plant. Many of the violations were related to forklift safety.
Lifesaving heroes to be honored at Governor’s Safety and Health Conference
Whether saving workers from electrical fires, rescuing a family from a sinking boat in Lake Chelan or administering the Heimlich maneuver, Washington workers show again and again that they’re ready to step up and provide critical aid to people in desperate need.
Spreading the word about increased DOSH fines
We’ve been spreading the word to our clients about increased DOSH fines that went into effect on September 1. The bottom line is that citations for willful or repeat safety violations can easily cause employers to face fines of $70,000 or more.
L&I has just announced a fine for a WA business that illustrates the severity of these fines and the impacts they can have on employers when repeat violations are found.
Schedule your visit with the Approach Safety Team today so we can review your Accident Prevention Plan and take steps to identify and correct potential hazards.
Changes to Stay at Work Coming
Two refinements to the Stay at Work reimbursement process are coming in mid-October 2015.
1. Online Filing
Employers using the Stay at Work Program will be able to apply for wage and other reimbursement online starting mid-October. Applying for reimbursements online will help get your application to staff sooner, reducing delays and helping speed the review process.
If you need help with the new tool the first time, Web Customer Support will be available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 360-902-5999.
Paper application forms will still be available on the Stay at Work website.
2. Two Envelopes
Also beginning mid-October, your reimbursement check and letter of explanation will arrive in two separate envelopes. As part of a state-wide effort to consolidate systems and improve efficiency, payment checks will now be mailed from the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, while letters and orders will still be sent by L&I.
New Employer Recordkeeping Requirements
Effective July 1, 2015, employers must report to L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health any workplace incident resulting in the following:
•Death or in-patient hospitalization of any employee. Must be reported within 8 hours of the incident.
•Amputation or loss of any eye of any employee. Must be reported within 24 hours of the incident.
◦If the amputation or loss of an eye results in an in-patient hospitalization, then follow the 8 hour reporting requirement above.
•Employers or their agent can contact DOSH’s toll-free number at 1-800-423-7233 or visit their local L&I office to report.
This applies to all employers no matter what industry they work in. Visit web page for further details and requirements.
Effective July 1, 2015, there are some additional industries/businesses who must now record workplace injuries and illnesses on an OSHA 300 log.
Employers are exempt from the OSHA recordkeeping requirements only if:
•They have 10 or less employees at all times during the calendar year, unless they are informed in writing from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), OSHA or DOSH that they need to comply.
◦Employee count includes all employees at all of their business locations combined.
•Their business establishment, by four-digit NAICS, is included on the industry exemption list in Table 1 under WAC 296-27-00105.
Visit recordkeeping and reporting web page for further details, requirements, and resources. The web page will also provide businesses with information on how to determine their NAICS code.
Free Toolbox Talks APP
Now Available FREE in all App Stores:
Download this free app to access new and improved Toolbox Safety Talks!!
• Improved design
• Search via smartphone, tablet or computer
• Signatures gathered online
• Images and construction sequencing photos
• Improved talks in database
The App has the ability to document the date and Presenter of the talk, who attended and electronically Capture signatures of attendees.
Check it out in the APP STORE
The English and Spanish versions of the Safety talks can also be found on the website of the Construction Center of Excellence at: