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Equipment related to hydraulic fracturing operations in the Pinedale Anticline shale gas field south of Pinedale. An EnergyWire review of federal labor statistics suggests the oil and gas industry has the highest number of deaths related to fires and explosions. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile)

The drilling industry’s explosion problem

Deadly fires and explosions occur too often in the oil and gas industry, according to some workplace safety proponents — a particular concern as drilling continues to encroach on populated areas.

Worker advocates say more enforcement is needed for safer workplaces

SAFER, the Equality State Policy Center, AFL-CIO, Trial Lawyers and other advocates have not yet put forth an official platform, but speakers on Monday took aim at several policies, beginning with rule blocking Wyoming OSHA from investigating accidents unless somebody is killed, or at least three people are hospitalized.

Wyoming should recognize Workers Memorial Day

Sunday April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, a day set aside each year to remember workers killed on the job, and the families they leave behind. It’s particularly important that Workers Memorial Day be recognized here in Wyoming where, until a couple of years ago, the state held the dubious distinction for having the worst, or second-worst, workplace fatality rate in the nation every year for a full decade.