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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.

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.

Even toothless safety alliance is improvement

WOGISA’s efforts to develop more workforce safety and development training is absolutely critical given the fact that Wyoming OSHA's budget will be slashed 20 percent in 2013. The agency currently struggles to meet demand for voluntary services — not that Wyoming employers are busting down walls to enroll in voluntary OSHA programs.