Archive for November, 2019

It Pays to Stay

The Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries’ Stay-at-Work Program pays employers to keep injured workers on the job. That’s right, it reimburses employers for some of the costs of getting the worker quickly and safely back to work in a temporary, light-duty job. Workers’ compensation claim costs add up fast when an injured worker misses months of work or separates permanently. The company loses an experienced worker and must then pay the costs of hiring and training a replacement. The injured worker loses 30-40% of their regular pay, a financial downturn that can cause serious emotional stress. The longer the worker is away from work, the more likely they are to become permanently separated.

The Stay-at-Work program works by getting employers, medical providers, and the worker together to find the right light-duty job and to support the worker as they heal. Employers can get reimbursed for up to 50% of the injured worker’s base wages, up to $10,000 or 66 days worked in the light-duty job, whichever comes first, plus some of the costs of tools, retraining, and clothing needed for the transitional job. Providers can bill L&I for time spent consulting and reviewing the light-duty job description. It’s a winning situation because employers save money, and workers return sooner and recover quicker.

Watch this video to learn how the Stay-at-Work program helped keep an injured terminal manager working at Eagle Transport, an intermodal drayage company in Spokane.

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CVSA Seeking Nominees for 2020 International Driver Excellence Award

International Driver Excellence AwardWant to show appreciation for a truck driver who has consistently maintained the highest standards of excellence in safety and compliance? Then nominate them for the 2020 International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA) from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). The prestigious annual award recognizes drivers who “go above and beyond the performance of their duties as a commercial vehicle driver, distinguishing themselves conspicuously and beyond the call of duty through the achievement of safe operation and compliance carried out with evident distinction for an extended period of time.”

After selection by the CVSA Board of Directors, the winner will receive their award at the 2020 CVSA Workshop in San Antonio, Texas, on April 20. The award includes a crystal trophy, a $2,500 check, paid lodging and travel to San Antonio, and national recognition in a feature article in the CVSA’s “Guardian” magazine.

Get your nominations in before Friday, December 13, 2019. To qualify, nominees must meet at least the following criteria:  

·         At least 25 cumulative years of crash-free driving in a commercial motor vehicle.

·         No felony convictions.

·         No safety-related driving suspensions in the past three years.

·         No driver violations in past three years, excluding form and manner violations.

Get more details and nomination applications here.

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