Wyoming ranked worst-in-the-nation for workplace fatalities in 2014 — a reminder as advocates prepare for Wyoming Workers’ Memorial Day on Friday.
Wyoming miners worked all of 2015 without a single recorded job-related fatality, according to state officials.
Hispanic workers in the U.S. oil and gas industry bear a disproportionate share of workplace injuries, as gaps in health insurance and language issues put the workforce in greater danger.
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.
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.