Department of Labor & Industries News

No Increase in Average Washington Workers’ Comp in 2021

For the first time in two decades, Washington workers’ compensation rates have dropped or stayed steady for four years in a row. The state Department of Labor & Industries on Monday announced there will be no increase for the average …

Washington Workplace Deaths in 2015 Fell to Near-Historic Low

Workplace deaths in Washington fell to a near-historic low in 2015, according to a Department of Labor & Industries report. Last year there were 58 work-related deaths in the state, 18 fewer than in 2014, and L&I data shows only …

Washington Refinery Fined Nearly $325K for Workplace Violations

Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries has fined Phillips 66 Refinery $324,000 for failing to correct serious workplace safety and health violations. An L&I inspection of the Ferndale facility found the violations put refinery workers at great risk in case …

Workers’ Comp Rates in Washington to Increase 2% In 2016

The average base rate Washington businesses pay for workers’ compensation insurance will increase by 2 percent in 2016, the state Department of Labor & Industries announced. L&I uses wage inflation as a benchmark to help determine workers’ comp rates for …

Washington Company Fined $199K After Worker Death

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined an Everett company $199,000 for 16 safety violations related to the death of a worker last July. Nineteen-year-old Bradley Hogue was killed by a rotating auger while working inside the hopper …

2.7 Percent Workers’ Comp Hike Sought For Washington In 2014

The Department of Labor & Industries has proposed an average 2.7 percent rate increase for 2014 workers’ compensation premiums. Over the past two years, workers’ compensation surveys have shown an increase in rates nationally, however this will be L&I’s first …

Washington Workers’ Comp Overhaul Keeps Business Costs Down

A major overhaul of the workers’ compensation system in Washington is already helping keep costs down for businesses, state officials said Tuesday while disclosing a major rate increase isn’t needed to keep finances stable. The Department of Labor & Industries …

Possible Workers’ Comp Increase in Store for Washington

A workers’ compensation rate increase may be in store for Washington for 2012. The state’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) on Monday asked the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee for input on restoring the workers’ compensation reserve funds, which have …