Worker Comp Claims Hit Nearly $1 Million in Seattle

March 13, 2015

According to Washington state occupational date, workplace injuries at the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project in Seattle, Wash. are approaching  $1 million in workers’ compensation claims.

The state workers' compensation program had paid $733,265 in claims as of Jan. 1, 2015, and had estimated the claims would cost $964,920 once each one is completed, according to data provided by Elaine Fischer, an agency spokeswoman.

The project contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners, listed 29 injuries in its 2013 OSHA form, which was lower than the 42 workers' compensation claims for 2013 because OSHA only requires the project to report injuries that were serious enough to cause the employee to take time off.