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Who’s on First? Washington State Employer Liability at the Worksite for Safety Violations
The Washington Supreme Court handed down a new framework last week on an employer’s responsibility at the worksite for health and safety violations. The Tradesmen decision results from two separate lawsuits involving different industries in which st...
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Governor Inslee Issues Vaccination Requirement for Most State Employees, Including Workers on State Construction Projects
Governor Inslee issued a new emergency proclamation on Monday, August 9, 2021 that now mandates vaccinations for workers on state projects after October 18, 2021. This vaccine mandate appears to be the trend for both public and private entities in Wa...
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Oregon & Washington Construction Impacted by Governors’ New Orders
2020 has been the year of continuous changes in the construction industry brought about by the COVID-19 virus and its regulatory impact. Our construction team continues to monitor and provide timely counsel on meeting those challenges, whether on the...
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Let’s Get Back to Work! Construction Industry Personnel Considerations and Resources Related to COVID-19
With the recent reopening of Phase 1 construction in Washington and the eagerly awaited resumption of projects throughout the Pacific Northwest, we thought it might be helpful to provide a quick snapshot of the key regulatory guidance and tailored Mi...
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Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t: Supreme Court Expands Jobsite Liability for General Contractors
On November 21, the Washington State Supreme Court held that general contractors may be on the hook for the injuries of the workers on their jobsites (Vargas v. Inland Washington, LLC). And not just on the hook to provide a safe jobsite for all, but...
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Bill Gives Design Build Boost in Public Contracting
Design-build is increasingly showing up in public works projects in the Washington State. This method allows the price to be established based on a conceptual design rather than through the competitive bid process. Offsetting the lack of competitive...
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