Wyoming Workforce Services took nine of its 13 safety inspectors and formed a new state agency, the Workers' Compensation Safety and Risk Unit.
Perhaps 2 percent of workers’ comp claims are fraudulent while employers have short-changed the program by $3.3 million since ‘95.
While the overall number of injury claims trends downward, the state remains one of the deadliest in the nation for workers.
Wyoming ranked worst-in-the-nation for workplace fatalities in 2014 — a reminder as advocates prepare for Wyoming Workers’ Memorial Day on Friday.
Peabody Energy cut 235 miners, and Arch Coal cut 230 miners on Thursday morning. The reductions represent about 15 percent of each company’s Wyoming workforce.