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  • August 17, 2015 5:02 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Report a death, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye

    All Employers in Washington State are required to report to the WA State Department of Labor and Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), any work-related incident that results in a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye of any employee, as follows:

    How and what to report:

    Call the WA State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) Division of Occupational Safety and Health at 1-800-423-7233 or visit an L&I office to report:

    • A workplace fatality or in-patient hospitalization of any employee within eight (8) hours of the incident.
    • An amputation or loss of an eye(s) of any employee within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident.
      • If the amputation or loss of an eye(s) requires in-patient hospitalization or results in a fatality, follow the eight (8) hour reporting requirement above.
    • NOTE: Employers or their agents are responsible to ensure reports are made within the timeframes above immediately after you or your agent learns of the incident.

    When reporting, you MUST provide:

    • Your contact name and phone number.
    • The name of the establishment/business.
    • The location/address of the work-related incident.
    • The date and time of the incident.
    • How many employees suffered a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye, and their name(s).
    • A brief description of the work-related incident.

    Additional steps you MUST follow:

    • Employers must not move any equipment (i.e., machinery, tools, or personal protective equipment) involved in a work-related incident that results in an employee fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye, until a representative of the Department of Labor & Industries investigates. 
    • You can move equipment, if necessary, to:
      • Remove any victims.
      • Prevent further incidents and injuries.

    More information on fatalities and hospitalizations.

  • August 04, 2015 9:46 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    OLYMPIA – Aug. 4, 2015 – Businesses with outstanding taxes will face heftier penalties as a result of recently approved legislation (Senate Bill 6183). The new law directs the Washington State Department of Revenue to increase the delinquent penalties taxpayers face when they miss their tax return due date effective Aug. 1, 2015.

    Late tax payments made before Aug.1 are being assessed at the former penalty rate.

    The new penalty rates:

    Number of days after return due date

    Delinquent penalty

    One day after the due date to the last day of the month following the due date

    9 percent (up from 5 percent)

    First day of the second month following the due date to the last day of the second month

    19 percent (up from 15 percent)

    First day of the third month and beyond

    29 percent (up from 25 percent)

    Businesses are assigned to report monthly, quarterly or annually based on their yearly business income. Each filing frequency has a specific due date to file and pay their taxes. For instance, a monthly filer must file its June return and pay the taxes by July 25 to avoid a late payment penalty.

    Revenue has more information on the changes posted in a Special Notice on its website. 

  • June 26, 2015 2:11 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    In the coming days, temperatures across the state are expected to set records and reach triple digits in some areas. That’s why the Department of Labor & Industries is urging people working outdoors to take precautions against heat-related illness, a condition that can result in serious medical problems, including disability or death.

    Roofing, highway construction and agricultural work are just a few of the jobs across Washington in which workers are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses when temperatures rise.

    Outdoor workers are encouraged to follow these five tips to beat the heat:

    • 1.    Start work well hydrated and drink as much as a cup of water every 15 minutes.
    • 2.    Watch co-workers for signs of heat-related illness, including headaches, dizziness or nausea.
    • 3.    Pace your work and take scheduled breaks in the shade.
    • 4.    Wear lightweight clothing and remove protective gear when it’s safe to do so.
    • 5.    Avoid drinking caffeine or eating a heavy meal.

    Along with the direct health effects of working in extreme heat, heat-related illness can also contribute to injuries from falls, equipment operation accidents and other on-the-job incidents. This can happen when someone with heat stress becomes fatigued, dizzy, confused or disoriented on the job.

    Since 2008, Washington has had a workplace-safety rule on outdoor heat exposure.

    The rule requires employers with employees working outdoors to train workers and supervisors on the symptoms of heat-related illness and what to do if someone develops them. Employers are also required to provide plenty of water for workers, respond appropriately to any employee with symptoms of illness, and include heat-related-illness hazards in the company’s accident prevention program.

    Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are the most serious types of health-related illness. Heat stroke happens when the body’s system to control temperature fails and body temperature rises to critical levels — 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Symptoms can include confusion, slurred speech, loss of consciousness and seizures. Employers should call 9-1-1 and get the worker immediate medical attention.

    Heat exhaustion symptoms can include headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion and heavy sweating. Workers should be removed from the hot area, given liquids and taken to a medical facility for treatment and evaluation. 

    Remember — water, rest and shade are key for outdoor workers to avoid heat-related illness.

    While the state rule doesn’t apply to working indoors, these same tips can also help workers keep cool indoors in a hot environment.

    For more information, including tips to assist both workers and employers, visit www.Lni.wa.gov/Safety/Topics/AtoZ/heatstress


  • May 28, 2015 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    May 21, 2015

    Youth workplace injuries on the increase as summer job season approaches

    Teens twice as likely as adults to be hurt on the job

    NOTE: This news release has been corrected to remove “construction” from the list of allowable jobs for 16- and 17-year-olds (Paragraph 6).

    TUMWATER – More youth, age 17 and under, were injured at work in 2014 compared to the previous year. Falls were the leading cause of injuries in the food and retail industries. Still, youth work-related injuries are down significantly from the highs in the early 2000s.

    The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries released the data as part of “Safe Jobs for Youth Month” in May. It comes as the summer job season approaches and many youth are looking for work. Overall data shows teens are twice as likely to be hurt on the job as adults.

    “A youth injured on the job can face challenges at home and school,” said L&I Director Joel Sacks. “Training and good workplace safety practices are incredibly important for these young workers because on-the-job injuries can have a lifetime of consequences.”

    A total of 547 youth age 17 and under were injured in the workplace in 2014, up nearly 14.7 percent over the previous year. Of the total, 173 were in the food and hospitality industries. The next largest total, 80, was reported each in the retail trades and agriculture. It’s possible that the increase may be in part due to the improving job market.

    “We want to ensure that employers have youth performing safe and appropriate work,” Sacks said. “I encourage parents to ask questions and make sure they know the specific duties their child is performing on the job.”

    All workers have a right to appropriate training and can refuse work assignments that are unsafe. In general, 14- and 15-year-olds may perform lighter tasks, such as office work, cashiering and stocking shelves. Work assignments for 16- and 17-year-olds can be less restrictive and can include cooking and some landscaping. The limits on hours worked varies by age.

    The 2014 figures showed 89 injuries in the agriculture and fishing industries, up 63 percent from the previous year. Falls to the floor increased 77 percent, to 55 cases, as the chief cause of injury. Injuries in 2003 totaled 1,135. In 2011, injuries reached a low of 425 before increasing the next three years.

    Many older teens are new to the workforce as well, and can face hazardous situations on the job. In 2014, an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old died in work-related incidents. The tragic deaths involved work at a logging operation and a landscaping firm.

    Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed May “Safe Jobs for Youth Month” in Washington state. More information is available at www.TeenWorkers.Lni.wa.gov. L&I began “Safe Jobs for Youth Month” more than 15 years ago to highlight child safety at work.


  • April 30, 2015 11:55 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Attention BNCW Member Contractors:

    The Chelan County PUD provided BNCW with the following heads-up notice:

    Starting May 1, Chelan County PUD will collect a 16.47 percent city tax on water fees and charges and remit it to the City of Wenatchee. Recent court decisions confirmed that the city occupation tax also applies to water system development charges, meter fees, facility modifications, line extension charges and other similar fees, in addition to domestic water services.

    Under state law and by city ordinance, the City of Wenatchee has the legal authority to impose this occupation tax on the gross income of businesses that sell or supply domestic water services within the city limits. That means that Chelan PUD is required to pay the tax on all water services and fees we charge to customers.

    If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Accounting Department at 509-661-8002.

    Sincerely,

    John Stoll

    Managing Director

    Customer Utilities

    You may click here to view the new rates sheet. 
  • March 03, 2015 1:55 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Washington Department of Ecology – NEWS

    Feb. 27, 2015 

    Contacts:

    WATERVILLE – The Washington Department of Ecology has approved a revision to Douglas County’s shoreline master program, modifying regulations related to building setbacks and visual access to the shoreline. 

    The approved changes are based on experience gained implementing the county’s existing shoreline plan, which was comprehensively updated in 2009. 

    A separate amendment proposed by the county eliminating boat mooring standards was not approved. Existing mooring standards will remain in place. 

    The locally tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses and protect people’s access to public land and waters. 

    The revised shoreline program goes into effect March 4, 2015. Appeals may be filed with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of a legal advertisement published March 5, 2015, in the Douglas County Empire Press.

  • January 09, 2015 4:55 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    OLYMPIA – Jan. 9, 2015 – Scammers are at it again. This time, they are targeting Washington citizens and businesses with fraudulent emails asking them to pay off tax liens owed to the state.

    The email reads that the Department of Revenue has filed a lien in county probate courts or with the Secretary of State. The taxpayer is directed to make a cash-by-wire-transfer payment before Jan. 20. Neither the email nor fax number listed in the email for Revenue is legitimate.

    Revenue’s director says taxpayers should never hesitate to confirm the accuracy of an unexpected message about unpaid taxes.

    “Trust your instincts: if you are uncertain about a message from someone claiming to represent the Department, call us back at the numbers listed on our website,” said Carol K. Nelson, Revenue’s director. “That’s a legitimate way to protect yourself from scammers.”

    When businesses have overdue taxes, Revenue will contact them to arrange payment. In developing these types of schemes, scam artists are trying to take advantage of the fear around unpaid taxes.

    Every year Revenue hears from taxpayers about fraudulent messages supposedly left by agency employees. Each time the scammers become more sophisticated, even using phone numbers that are just one or two digits different than Revenue’s toll-free information line.

    Call Revenue at 800-647-7706 or check their website to confirm the phone number matches: http://dor.wa.gov/800. Also consider contacting Revenue and making a report with the Attorney General’s Office and Federal Trade Commission consumer protection teams.

  • January 07, 2015 9:18 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    BNCW is proud to announce our award recipients for 2014! We are very grateful for each of the recipient's commitment and contributions!


    2014 Outgoing Chairman Recognition

    •          Dustin Christensen, Tonka Landshaping & Excavating

    2014 Outgoing Director Recognition

    •          Tanya Davis, Western Ranch Buildings, LLC

    2014 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year

    •          Marina Covey, Custom Construction & Cabinetry by Shane Covey
    •          Laurie McDaniel, Mountain Vista Homes, LLC
    •          WVC Athletics, Greg Franz, WVC Athletic Director
    •          Katie Brender, Concepts Kitchen & Bath Designs
    •          Julie Lester, Jessup Real Estate
    •          Pam Pettit, Designs for Living
    •          Nathan Roberts, Noble Truss & Lumber
    •          Cindy Smith, Western Ranch Buildings

    2014 Committee Co-Chair Recognition Award

    •          Amy Gustin, The ADG Media Group, LLC  - Home Show
    •          Craig Field, Mitchell, Reed & Schmitten Insurance  – Home Show
    •          Jake Holt, Central Washington Concrete – Golf Tournament
    •          Shane Johnson, Johnson Electric Northwest, LLC – Golf Tournament
    •          Leona Wolk, Leona’s Events – Auction
    •          Mary Lewis, R Digital Design – Auction

    2014 Member Company of the Year

    •          Complete Design, Inc. – Ryan Kelso

    2014 Legislator of the Year

    •          City of Wenatchee Mayor, Frank Kuntz

  • January 05, 2015 1:51 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Free collection sites around state keep toxic mercury out of landfills

    OLYMPIA – Washington residents can now recycle fluorescent lights and other mercury-containing lights for free at 130 sites throughout the state, with more being added in the months ahead.

    LightRecycle Washington collection sites will take traditional fluorescent tubes (including straight, curved and circular tubes), the twisty compact fluorescent lights and high intensity discharge lights, which are commonly used in outdoor lighting fixtures. The program does not accept lighting fixtures or ballasts.

    Both individuals and businesses can drop off lights for recycling, although there is a limit of 10 lights per day. Visit www.lightrecyclewa.org to find a collection site near you.

    “Fluorescent lights are long-lasting and energy efficient, but they contain small amounts of toxic mercury, which needs to be recycled or properly disposed of,” said Laurie Davies, manager of Ecology’s Waste 2 Resources program. “With the launch of LightRecycle Washington, we’re making it easier to comply with the law and protect the environment.”

    Since 2010, it has been illegal in Washington to dispose of mercury-containing lights in the regular garbage. This new program, funded by a 25-cent environmental handling charge on each new mercury-containing light sold at retail, makes it simple to recycle old lights.

    EcoLights Northwest, located in Seattle, is the recycling company that will process the lights collected by LightRecycle Washington. After mercury-containing lights are collected, EcoLights breaks them down and then recyclable components, including mercury, are refined and reused.

    "We started recycling lights back in 1996,” said Craig Lorch, co-owner of EcoLights, “but until now, many residents and small businesses have had a difficult time finding a convenient and inexpensive way to recycle fluorescent lights. This program will make it easy to recycle mercury-containing lights anywhere in Washington state."

    LightRecycle Washington is run by the nonprofit PCA Product Stewardship Inc., working with retailers, lighting manufacturers, municipal waste facilities and Ecology. 

  • December 29, 2014 2:56 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Dec. 29, 2014

    Reminder: Washington minimum wage increase takes effect Jan. 1, 2015

     

    TUMWATER undefined Washington's new, higher minimum wage takes effect Jan. 1, 2015. The 15-cent increase to $9.47 was announced by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) in September.

     

    The change reflects a 1.59 percent increase in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) over the last 12 months ending Aug. 31. The Consumer Price Index reflects the cost of goods and services needed for day-to-day living.

     

    L&I calculates the state’s minimum wage each year as required under Initiative 688, which Washington voters approved in 1998. The hourly increase will mean an additional $312 per year for a full-time worker receiving minimum wage.

     

    The minimum wage applies to workers in all industries, including agriculture. Youth who are 14 or 15 years old can be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $8.05 an hour.

     

    Washington has the highest state minimum wage in the nation, followed by Oregon, where the minimum wage will increase to $9.25 undefined an increase of 15 cents undefined in 2015.

     

    Washington is one of at least 10 states that adjust the minimum wage based on inflation and the CPI. Others include Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon and Vermont.

     

    L&I enforces the state’s wage-and-hour laws. The agency investigates all the wage-payment complaints it receives, as required by state law. Workers can file a wage complaint online at www.lni.wa.gov/workplacerights/, or by calling 1-866-219-7321.

    There’s more information on Washington’s minimum wage at Wages.lni.wa.gov. Employers and workers also may call 360-902-5316 or 1-866-219-7321.

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