Many Olympia residents spend most of their waking hours in their workplaces, which is why it might seem more of a home to them than their own residences. Colleagues seem like family members and bosses may seem like elderly relatives, which is why their changed demeanor after a workplace accident may seem confounding to an injured worker. It might also explain why injured employees may hesitate filing a workers' compensation claim, as is their right.
Recent months have seen a surge in crane accidents at construction sites, including a crane collapse in Washington State a couple months ago that killed four and injured three others. The state's Labor and Industries Department is investigating a number of people believed to be involved in the incident, including the general contractor, the crane's owner, and three crane subcontractors.