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Avoid booking inflatable flights


June 16, 2014
By Matthew Erlich

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With bounce houses taking flight recently, parents are understandably concerned about how safe their children will be at carnivals and fairs this summer.

There’s an easy way to help ensure your child’s safety on inflatable and carnival rides: See www.Lni.wa.gov/amusementrides. The site includes:

  • A list of certified amusement ride operators in the state.
  • An amusement ride safety checklist so you know what to look for. For example:
    • Making sure the bounce house is securely anchored using steel stakes or sandbags (depending on the ground).
    • Ensuring that a ride operator is present and paying attention.

See something that’s a concern? Talk to the event manager and call L&I at 360-902-5570.


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How do you survive an elevator accident?


August 6, 2014
By Matthew Erlich

The math indicates you’re unlikely to survive a fall in an elevator. This serious video from Slate magazine talks about how a person might survive, however “Mythbusters” busted the idea in its “Elevator of Death” episode from 2004.

At L&I, we inspect more than 16,000 elevators and escalators across the state. A handy search tool can show you the inspection history for the conveyance in your building – except for Seattle and Spokane who have their own jurisdictions.

Best advice: Lie flat on the floor if you can, but in a hydraulic elevator fall, even in a 20-story building, you may only have barely 3 seconds to react.


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Don’t do this at work!


September 8, 2014
By Aaron Hoffman and Elaine Fischer

Do you get the feeling these guys are looking down on the rest of us?

An L&I inspector took these pictures while out in the field.

Lack of fall protection was the fourth most common workplace safety violation cited by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in 2013. Cutting corners while exposed to falls is a deadly combination that can lead to serious tragedy.

If you need help with workplace safety and health issues, or if you just have questions, contact L&I’s Consultation Services for help. You can get free and confidential help from safety and health experts! 


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