Monthly Archives: January 2012

January 17, 2012 | Cheyenne, Wyoming Time for Wyoming to Protect Workers

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

January 13, 2012 | Cheyenne, WY
Kristeen Hand, Spence Law Firm, Interviewed by New York Times about Worker Safety

Kristeen Hand, of The Spence Law Firm Firm, LLC, was interviewed for a New York Times article recently after reports came out of the dire circumstances surrounding worker safety in our state.Read:  Report Blames Safety Lapses, here or call us today, at 1-800-967-2117.… Read more