Washington L&I Works To Promote Safety

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries is offering businesses free and confidential safety consultations. L&I’s Eastern Region Consultation manager, John McFadden, said the consultations are intended to prevent accidents, lower workers compensation rates as well as identify and correct hazards. “They can contact us anytime. They can either go to the website and simply […]

Evans Fruit Fined $150K For COVID Violations

The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries has once again fined Yakima area Evans Fruit Company for COVID-19 workplace violations. The company was fined $150,000 for two “willful serious violations” for no following workplace mask and social distancing requirements. This is the third time that Evans Fruit Company has been cited for coronavirus safety […]

Save Family Farming: L&I Fine Against Gebbers “Enforcement By Crucifixion”

Save Family Farming is pushing back against the Washington department of Labor and Industries following a $2 million fine over alleged COVID-19 deaths. The state-wide farm group is comparing the $2 million fine announced on against Gebbers Farms on December 21st to Enforcement by Crucifixion, comparing it to tactics used by the Roman Empire. “Such […]

Washington Ag Businesses Fined For Violations

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries has fined nearly two dozen agricultural businesses for safety and health violations this year. L&I has conducted 384 Ag workplace safety and health inspections this year. Of those 130 violations of various concerns were reported, including noncompliance when it comes to recent COVID-19 rules. Inspections are still […]

Inslee Rolls Out Proclamation Aimed At Protecting Farm Workers

Starting June 4th, the Ag industry be required to have new protections in place to help stave off the spread of COVID-19 among farm workers. Those protections were announced in Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-57, released last week. “The requirements the Governor is announcing today build on the work we’ve been doing for the past […]

Farm Groups Fear L&I Proposal Would Devastate Washington Ag

Last week, Washington Labor & Industries proposed a draft of emergency rules for temporary agriculture worker housing when it comes to combating the spread of Coronavirus. A variety of farm groups across the state fear this will be a detrimental hit to the state’s agriculture industry, with cherry harvest starting in just a few weeks. […]