Public Hearing for Respirable Crystaline Silica Permissible Exposure Limit: December 15, 2017

A public hearing will be held on December 15 regarding Washington L&I’s proposed update to Washington’s occupational health and safety rules to include a respirable crystalline silica permissible exposure limit.   The public comment period will end on December 22.  Read more from L&I.

The hearing will be held at 9 a.m. at:

Department of Labor & Industries Headquarters (Room S119)

7273 Linderson Way SW

Tumwater, WA  98501



Seven Fatal Construction Falls in Washington in 2017

Falls have accounted for seven fatalities on construction sites in Washington state so far this year.  Oregon-based Sayde Construction was recently fined over $115,000 for safety violations related to an April 2017 incident in north Clark County where a worker fell from a house nearly 20 feet to his death.  The most serious violations were related to fall protection, which Washington L&I believes would have prevented the fatal incident.

Read more from Washington L&I.

New Logging Hazard Brief: Falls from Equipment

Logging fallSHARP has issued a new logging hazard brief with recommendations intended to reduce risk of injuries.  Safety managers are encouraged to use the information as a safety meeting topic.

Falls From Equipment

Free Agriculture Safety & Health Training: November 14-17, Kennewick

The last day to register for the WISHA 10 for Agriculture Training of Trainers is Wednesday, November 8th.  The course is free and is scheduled for November 14-17th, from 8am to 5pm at the Kennewick WECO Marketing Office.  WISHA 10 Certified Trainer Cards will be issued to participants who complete the course, authorizing them to conduct WISHA 10 for Agriculture training.

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New Logging Hazard Briefs and Injury Report

LoggingSHARP has issued two new hazard briefs and one new injury report relevant to the logging industry.  The hazard briefs provide tips regarding skyline hung through standing timber and unstable logs on loads.  The injury report describes a fatal incident in which a timber faller was struck by a maple top.

Process Safety Management Advisory Committee Meeting – September 6

The next Process Safety Management Advisory Committee meeting will be September 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Washington L&I Tukwila service location.  Further information can be found at the committee’s website.  Remote attendance by conference call is available (1-866-715-6499; passcode 1897720443).

Spokane-area Aerospace Company Penalized $500,000 for Explosion

Aerospace explosionNewport, WA based Zodiak Cabin & Structures Support LLC and Washington State L&I have settled an appeal of violations following a July, 2015 explosion that injured 17 workers.  The settlement requires Zodiac to pay a penalty of $500,000 for 17 willful and 21 serious violations, which originally resulted in fines exceeding $1.3 million.  Read the full news release from L&I and the initial Spokesman-Review article.