Washington State House Democrats


Walkinshaw to roll out farm worker safety bill

OLYMPIA Rep. Brady Walkinshaw (D-Seattle) will host a press availability to introduce HB 2484, a dairy safety bill followed by a hearing on the measure by the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee.

WHO: Rep. Brady Walkinshaw (D-Seattle), dairy workers, UFW National Vice President Erik Nicholson, state labor council President Jeff Johnson, leaders of other unions and faith groups.

WHAT: Press Availability

WHEN: From 12:30 – 1:00 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

WHERE: John L. O’Brien Building, House Hearing Room D

WHY: One person is killed, on average, every 16 months at a Washington state dairy and an average of more than one dairy worker is injured per day, an injury rate nearly 40 percent higher than most private industries. The number of injuries has been rising. According to state data, 362 dairy workers were injured in 2009, 438 were hurt in 2013, and 444 were injured in 2014.