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Special Reports | Deadly Workplaces

Wyoming workers are maimed and killed on the job at an alarming rate, and its leaders are slow to make meaningful reforms. These reports detail the challenges and opportunities in workplace safety.

Wyoming takes courtesy approach to curbing workplace deaths

Wyoming’s overall strategy to curb workplace fatalities still lacks additional enforcement- and penalty-based proposals brought by worker advocates during recent legislative debate on the issue. The state's OSHA inspection rate capacity amounts to just one onsite job inspection per employer every 60 years.

Report: Wyoming lacks ‘culture of safety’

To correct Wyoming’s long-standing distinction as among the deadliest states in the nation for workers, state and industry officials must work cooperatively to create a “culture of safety,” according to the most recent analysis by Wyoming Occupational Epidemiologist Timothy Ryan.

Worker advocates slam state for timid response to workplace fatalities

Two worker advocacy groups say that, for 10 years, Wyoming and industry leaders have failed to take the carnage of workplace fatalities seriously, and they’re urging the state to use its “legal power and moral authority” to force immediate changes on the ground.“It’s high time that state government and the Legislature quit playing games with the lives of workers in Wyoming,” Wyoming State AFL-CIO executive secretary Kim Floyd said in a prepared statement on Friday.

Deadly Workplaces – Wyoming’s workplace fatality rate still ranks among worst in nation

Despite being saddled with the worst-in-the-nation distinction for workplace fatalities, the decision to emphasize voluntary collaborative efforts rather than inspection and enforcement was emblematic of a pervasive attitude among industry leaders and state lawmakers: “You get more done with incentives and voluntary cooperation than you do from being hard-nosed with inspections and that sort of thing,” Sen. Charlie Scott (R-Casper), chairman of the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee, told WyoFile.