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Seattle Tunnel Subcontractor Fined for Accident

Washington state safety regulators issued two citations and a $2,050 fine against the subcontractor overseeing workers injured when a wall in the north portal of the Seattle tunnel project collapsed. Four iron workers fell on Feb. 12, including one who …

Uncontrolled Squatter’s Warming Kitchen Fire May Not Be Vandalism Under Vacancy Exclusion

On April 3, 2015, over a dissenting opinion, the state Court of Appeal in Los Angeles held in Ong v. Fire Ins. Exchange that a vacancy vandalism coverage exclusion was not triggered by a transient who, to get warm, set …

Cooking Fire Started California Wildfire

An unattended cooking fire sparked a fire that had threatened hundreds of homes near a Southern California dam, fire officials said Sunday. The fire was reported shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, triggering the nighttime evacuation of about 300 homes in …

Washington BMX Racer to Pay $14K in Restitution for Workers’ Comp Fraud

A Washington man who was caught on video racing BMX bikes while claiming he was too injured to work pled guilty last week to stealing more than $14,000 in disability benefits. Tony T. Perry Sr., pleaded guilty to two counts …

Some Hotels in Oregon Coastal Town Resist Tsunami Awareness Initiative

Some hotels on the Oregon coast are resisting a new tsunami awareness initiative. The city of Seaside has given hotels key holders that contain warnings of a potential tsunami and evacuation instructions, in an effort to inform visitors about the …

Ventura Earthquake Fault Places California at Risk for Tsunami

Officials are considering revising tsunami hazard maps after researchers found the Ventura fault line in Southern California is much more dangerous than previously believed. The Los Angeles Times reports that new geological research shows that the Ventura fault, is capable …

Utah Researchers Work on Way to Thwart Next Generation of Cyberattacks

The next generation of cyberattacks will be more sophisticated, more difficult to detect and more capable of wreaking untold damage on the nation’s computer systems. So the U.S. Department of Defense has given a $3 million grant to a team …

Work Plan May Have Been Ignored in Washington Bridge Fatal Accident

Officials in the Washington city where a concrete slab fell from an overpass and killed a young family in a pickup below say they would’ve closed the roadway if they had known heavy work was being performed on the structure. …

True Religion Jeans Subcontractors Underreported $78M in Payroll

Sung Hyun Kim and her sister Caroline Choi, CEOs of sewing companies that were subcontracted by True Religion Brand Jeans were arrested this week along with their CPA, Jae Kim, on 18 felony counts of workers’ compensation insurance fraud totaling …

Washington Contractor Ordered to Pay $1M in Workers’ Comp Premiums, Fines

A former drywall contractor in Walla Walla, Wash., must pay more than $1 million in delinquent workers’ compensation premiums and penalties. The Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals recently held Shawn A. Campbell and his spouse personally liable for …

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