John Ysebaert http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming Worker's Compensation To Adopt Split Plan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-workers-compensation-adopt-split-plan <p>If a proposed plan is adopted, employers in the state could face some significant changes to how worker’s compensation sets its premiums.&nbsp; Right now, Wyoming only factors in how&nbsp;severe&nbsp;a company’s claims are.&nbsp;&nbsp; This new system—called a split plan-- would hold companies accountable for both severity&nbsp;and frequency, as is the case in most states.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:40:50 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60929 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Worker's Compensation To Adopt Split Plan WY Workforce Services Never Inspected Lovell Plant http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-workforce-services-never-inspected-lovell-plant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite violations at sister plants, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Service never inspected a sugar beet plant in Lovell where an employee was killed in January. Western Sugar Cooperative's Torrington plant received 15 citations in 2013, including one for improper guard rails -- the same problem that led to the death of 28-year-old </span>Anfesa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Galaktionoff<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:03:49 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59989 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY Workforce Services Never Inspected Lovell Plant Sinclair’s struggles: A conversation with OSHA http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sinclair-s-struggles-conversation-osha <p>A few weeks ago, the Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company got a $707,000 fine for safety violations. Wyoming’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, found that Sinclair had willfully violated various safety regulations and failed to fix hazards that could have resulted in death or serious physical harm.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:05:39 +0000 Willow Belden 49643 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sinclair’s struggles: A conversation with OSHA Sinclair working to fix safety problems, OSHA says http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sinclair-working-fix-safety-problems-osha-says <p>The head of Wyoming’s Occupation Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, says the Sinclair Refinery is working to improve its safety record.</p><p></p><p>Earlier this week, we <a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/osha-says-sinclair-refinery-shutdown-table">reported</a> that OSHA would consider shutting down the refinery if another life-threatening incident happens at the plant.</p><p>But the agency’s John Ysebaert says he’s hopeful that that won’t be necessary.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:34:16 +0000 Willow Belden 49568 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sinclair working to fix safety problems, OSHA says OSHA says Sinclair refinery shutdown is on the table http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/osha-says-sinclair-refinery-shutdown-table <p>Wyoming’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, says they would consider shutting down the Sinclair refinery if another serious problem happens there.</p><p></p><p>The refinery has had a series of fires, explosions, and toxic gas releases in the past few years, and OSHA recently gave Sinclair the highest fine it’s ever given a Wyoming company.</p><p>OSHA’s John Ysebaert says they’ve already discussed the possibility of closing the refinery if there’s another serious accident.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:54:38 +0000 Willow Belden 49469 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org OSHA says Sinclair refinery shutdown is on the table Two hospitalized after Sinclair refinery fire http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/two-hospitalized-after-sinclair-refinery-fire <p>Two people were taken to the hospital after a fire started at the Sinclair Refinery near Rawlins yesterday.</p><p></p><p>John Ysebaert with Wyoming’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, says the fire started when workers who were erecting scaffolding tripped a valve. That released so-called “super-heated diesel,” which ignites when it hits the atmosphere.</p><p></p><p></p><p>OSHA is investigating the incident.</p><p></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:01:28 +0000 Willow Belden 44628 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Two hospitalized after Sinclair refinery fire