States with a high energy presence are at the top of the ‘worst’ list for workplace fatalities: North Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and West Virginia.
Thirty-one workers died on the job in Wyoming in 2012, slightly fewer than the average over a decade that made Wyoming one of the deadliest places to work in America.
A 32-year-old Worland man was killed in a drilling rig accident north of Baggs, Wyoming, on May 15. Carl Jordan had been on the job for less than 90 days, said his wife, Cathy Jordan. “It could have been prevented. It was an operator error,” she told WyoFile. Carl was working on the floor of Winchester Well Service’s rig No. 1691 when blocks used to “cool the brakes” fell and struck him, said Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson. Jordan died at the scene.
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.
That may not sound like the bold type of action you’d hope to expect when workers have become disposable commodities. It’s not the sort of action that comforts families ripped apart by a death or serious workplace injury (state studies show that workers who are seriously injured can expect a severely reduced income earning ability for the rest of their working career). But for now, it appears, this is the Wyoming way.