Monthly Archives: January 2012
Wyoming’s workers should take time to read Dr. Timothy Ryan’s memorandum to Gov. Matt Mead, “Occupational Fatality Recommendations.” The Dec. 19 report brightly illuminates the need for sweeping changes in state policy to ensure the safety of Wyoming’s workers.
Wyoming had the nation’s highest or second highest workplace fatality rate in the country for eight of the nine years between 2001 and 2009. In 2010 there were 34 workplace fatalities in Wyoming, a 78 percent increase from 2009. While the total number of injuries has declined, “… major injuries remain a problem” with some 700 workers hospitalized every year — and that number is increasing.
We support Dr. Ryan’s four main recommendations calling for more data collection and monitoring, more encouragement of industry efforts to reform itself, and more courtesy inspections by OSHA, which allow companies to have a state safety inspection without fear of citations for violations of safety … Read more