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The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently announced new emergency rules related to Wildfire Smoke and Heat Exposure for Washington businesses and their employees.  In response to the initial rule proposals, BIAW and other business groups weighed in and raised concerns about the need for, and legality of, “emergency” rules in these two areas.  L&I essentially ignored this input and proceeded ahead as planned.

Injuries due to falls continue to plague the construction industry. While the median claim cost for a fall from a roof is much higher, falls from ladders were four times higher in frequency. In fact, they are the leading cause of fall injuries.

In high-risk industries like construction, toolbox talks can have a significant impact on safety. Presenting employee safety meetings and toolbox talks don’t need to be a daunting task, but it is required by law that you take the time for these.