workplace safety http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Jury Awards Injured Oil And Gas Worker $5.1M http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/jury-awards-injured-oil-and-gas-worker-51m <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A Wyoming jury has awarded $5.1 million dollars in damages to an oil and gas worker who was injured on the job in 2011.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Then 22-year-old Horr was part of a crew working on a Merit Energy oil well when bu Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:07:50 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 61142 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Jury Awards Injured Oil And Gas Worker $5.1M 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 Labor Group Blasts Wyoming’s Workplace Safety Record http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/labor-group-blasts-wyoming-s-workplace-safety-record <p>The AFL-CIO, a coalition group of labor unions, has released a report blasting industry for failing to make workplaces safer, especially in oil and gas. &nbsp;Wyoming has ranked as one of the five most deadly states to work in for the last ten years. &nbsp;In 2012, only North Dakota had more workplace fatalities. &nbsp;Kim Floyd, Executive Secretary for the Wyoming chapter of the AFL-CIO says it has a lot to do with the focus of both states’ economies.<br /> Sat, 17 May 2014 00:21:37 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58427 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Labor Group Blasts Wyoming’s Workplace Safety Record Workers Killed Or Injured Are Remembered http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/workers-killed-or-injured-are-remembered <p>Worker safety advocates and family members gathered in Cheyenne Monday morning to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day. The day remembers those who have been killed or injured while on the job.&nbsp;</p><p>Dan Neal with the Equality State Policy Center organized the event.</p><p><strong>“</strong>Started it by ringing a bell 35 separate times to remember the 35 workers who died on the job in Wyoming in 2012.”</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 01:10:55 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 57529 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Workers Killed Or Injured Are Remembered Natural Gas Fire Still Burning http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/natural-gas-fire-still-burning <p>A small fire continues to burn at a western Wyoming natural gas processing plant idled by an explosion since last week.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:36:17 +0000 Associated Press 57527 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Natural Gas Fire Still Burning Work-related deaths on the rise http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/work-related-deaths-rise <p>Thirty-one workers died on the job in Wyoming in 2012, up from 29 the year before. That’s according to a report by&nbsp;Wyoming’s occupational epidemiologist.&nbsp; Wyoming has&nbsp;one&nbsp;of the worst workplace&nbsp;death rates in the nation. The report attributes that to the fact that&nbsp;a large proportion of Wyoming’s workforce is employed in high risk occupations like&nbsp;oil and gas,&nbsp;ranching,&nbsp;and construction jobs.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:24:58 +0000 Melodie Edwards 49946 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Work-related deaths on the rise 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 Workplace deaths in Wyoming increase http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/workplace-deaths-wyoming-increase <p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:27:43 +0000 Jordan Harper 45781 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Workplace deaths in Wyoming increase 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 Rock Springs summit seeks to improve workplace safety http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rock-springs-summit-seeks-improve-workplace-safety <p>The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services is hosting a summit in Rock Springs on Tuesday and Wednesday aimed at helping make Wyoming’s workplaces safer.</p><p>Wyoming consistently has one of the highest rates of workplace fatalities in the nation. The summit will offer trainings and give companies a chance to share ideas about how to prevent workplace accidents.</p><p>Workforce Services Director Joan Evans says they’ll also honor employees who took steps to protect fellow workers.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:17:00 +0000 Willow Belden 42718 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Rock Springs summit seeks to improve workplace safety Legislature will consider new Workplace safety incentive http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislature-will-consider-new-workplace-safety-incentive <p> Wyoming’s incoming Speaker of the House plans to introduce another piece of legislation that attempts to improve Workplace Safety in the state.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Gillette Republican Tom Lubnau is proposing a ten-percent reduction in Workers Compensation rates for companies that complete the Workplace Safety Contracts program.&nbsp; Lubnau says that involves helping employers create a safer work environment for their employees.</p><p></p><p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 01:12:10 +0000 Bob Beck 34954 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislature will consider new Workplace safety incentive Wyoming's Workplace Deaths Drop http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-workplace-deaths-drop <p>The Wyoming Department of Work Force Services says the number of workplace fatalities decreased by four from 2010 to 2011.&nbsp;</p><p>David Bullard of the Research and Planning section of the department says for the fourth consecutive year the number of workplace deaths in Wyoming was below the average of 34 per year and in 2011 the number was 29.&nbsp; But Bullard says this is far from a trend.</p><p>“No I wouldn’t say that.&nbsp; I mean we saw a slight decrease in 2011, but the random nature of these accidents makes it so we can’t rule out that it’s something random going on.”</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:45:40 +0000 Bob Beck 30385 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's Workplace Deaths Drop Labor organization remains concerned about Workplace Safety http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/labor-organization-remains-concerned-about-workplace-safety <p> The Executive Secretary of the Wyoming AFL-CIO – a workers union organization- remains optimistic that the state’s efforts to reduce workplace deaths may work.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>On this Labor Day weekend, Kim Floyd is pleased that that the state has increased the number of safety inspectors in Wyoming by seven, and has found money for workplace safety grants for businesses.&nbsp; But Floyd says it will probably take some time until there is improvement.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 23:56:36 +0000 Bob Beck 29394 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Labor organization remains concerned about Workplace Safety New epidemiologist sees seatbelt enforcement as potential means to curbing workplace fatalities http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-epidemiologist-sees-seatbelt-enforcement-potential-means-curbing-workplace-fatalities <p>Wyoming&rsquo;s new state epidemiologist, Mack Sewell, says he plans to look at seatbelt enforcement as a means to improve workplace safety.</p><p>In 2010, the state had the second highest rate of workplace deaths in the nation.&nbsp; In fact, Wyoming traditionally ranks near the top in this category. Sewell will be specifically asked to study workplace injuries and deaths, and then work with lawmakers to try to address the problem.&nbsp;</p><p>He says there&rsquo;s a lot he still needs to learn about Wyoming&rsquo;s situation, but he says seatbelts are an easy place to start.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 00:18:53 +0000 Willow Belden 24871 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New epidemiologist sees seatbelt enforcement as potential means to curbing workplace fatalities Wyoming hires new epidemiologist to improve workplace safety http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-hires-new-epidemiologist-improve-workplace-safety <p>Wyoming has hired a new epidemiologist tasked with trying to document, track and help reduce workplace injuries and deaths. Doctor Mack Sewell&nbsp; is from the New Mexico Department of Health.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 23:54:10 +0000 Bob Beck 24521 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming hires new epidemiologist to improve workplace safety Three Sinclair workers harmed in flash fire http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/three-sinclair-workers-harmed-flash-fire <p>Three workers at the Sinclair refinery near<br />Rawlins have been flown to a burn center in Colorado following a<br />flash fire.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sinclair Oil Corp. says the incident happened inside a gas<br />recovery unit at its refinery, about five miles east of Rawlins,<br />about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sinclair Police Chief Jeff Sanders says it was a flash fire and<br />four workers were originally taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbon<br />County.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A Memorial Hospital spokeswoman says three of the workers were Wed, 09 May 2012 00:23:36 +0000 Associated Press 23768 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Three Sinclair workers harmed in flash fire Mining industry re-focuses on safety http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mining-industry-re-focuses-safety <p>&nbsp;In response to concerns about workplace safety, the Wyoming Mining Association is focusing even more on safety issues.&nbsp;</p><p>The Bureau of Labor statistics says that Mining is actually much safer than oil and gas and even the food manufacturing industry. &nbsp;Coal is among the safest industries in the state and Alpha Coal West&rsquo;s Steve Rennell says that&rsquo;s because they have experienced workers.&nbsp; He says they are trying to focus their attention on workers new to coal.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 23:52:23 +0000 Bob Beck 23766 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mining industry re-focuses on safety Wyoming hires seven OSHA consultants http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-hires-seven-osha-consultants <p>Wyoming has hired seven new Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety consultants to improve workplace safety in the state.</p><p>Workplace safety has been a real problem in Wyoming. The state ranked among the top two in the nation in workplace fatalities in eight of the last nine years.&nbsp;</p><p>John Ysebaert of Workforce Services will oversee the program. He says that, instead of doling out fines for workplace safety violations, the OSHA consultants willhelp small businesses to develop and comply with safety requirements on a voluntary basis.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:24:01 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 23319 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming hires seven OSHA consultants Legislature approves workplace safety bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislature-approves-workplace-safety-bill <p>The legislature has approved an incentive based-worker safety bill.<br /><br /> Wyoming is among the leaders in workplace deaths and the bill provides up to seven new officers who will help companies develop and comply with safety requirements on a voluntary basis. It also provides grant money for small businesses to improve workplace safety.<br /><br /> Kim Floyd of the AFL-CIO says he had wanted tougher penalties for companies and people who violate safe working standards, but he says this bill is a good step.<br /> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 01:01:10 +0000 Bob Beck 20724 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislature approves workplace safety bill Bill would encourage companies to make workplaces safer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bill-would-encourage-companies-make-workplaces-safer <div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="2"><span style="font-size:16px;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">A measure intended to increase workplace safety is making its way through the Wyoming House of Representatives.&nbsp; <font color="#1F497D">Th</font>e bill is intended to encourage companies to contact OSHA to determine if they&#39;re doing what they can to ensure workplace safety.&nbsp; Grants will be provided to help companies implement safety prog Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:36:53 +0000 Bob Beck 20186 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bill would encourage companies to make workplaces safer Gillette Republican has drafted a proposed worker safety bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gillette-republican-has-drafted-proposed-worker-safety-bill <p>Representative Tom Lubnau has drafted legislation aimed at improving workplace safety in Wyoming.</p><p>The bill would allocate $250,000 dollars in grant money for companies who want to conduct trainings or purchase safety equipment but don&rsquo;t have the resources to do so. It would also enable the Department of Employment to hire five additional safety consultants, who would do courtesy visits to work sites.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 14:22:59 +0000 Willow Belden 19177 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gillette Republican has drafted a proposed worker safety bill Mead wants data before he supports tougher workplace safety regulations http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-wants-data-he-supports-tougher-workplace-safety-regulations <p>Gov. Matt Mead says tougher regulations aren&rsquo;t the only answer to improving workplace safety.</p><p>&ldquo;I want to be careful before we move down that path, because I also think that industry, on a voluntary basis, has a role to play,&rdquo; Mead said. &ldquo;I think enforcement is also part of it. But &hellip; we need to make sure that we have the data on what are the cause of these accidents and what are possible corrections for those accidents.&rdquo;</p><p>Mead was speaking to the Wyoming Press Association in Laramie.</p> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:25:05 +0000 Willow Belden 18169 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead wants data before he supports tougher workplace safety regulations Mead promises to improve workplace safety http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-promises-improve-workplace-safety <p>Gov. Matt Mead says he will implement recommendations from a new report focused on improving safety for workers.</p><p>Wyoming has one of the nation&rsquo;s highest rates of workplace fatalities, and the governor recently commissioned a study to figure out why.</p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 13:00:23 +0000 Willow Belden 17591 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead promises to improve workplace safety Report: Lack of workplace safety culture in Wyo. http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-lack-workplace-safety-culture-wyo <p>An epidemiologist who spent a year studying the high rate of workplace deaths in Wyoming says his research points to lack of a &quot;culture of safety&quot; in Wyoming.</p><p>Dr. Timothy Ryan says in a report to Gov. Matt Mead that more than 85 percent of reports on deadly workplace accidents in Wyoming show safety procedures not being followed.</p><p>Wyoming consistently has one of the nation&#39;s highest rates of workplace fatalities, more than 12 per 100,000 workers in 2010. That&#39;s more than three-and-a-half times the national average.</p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:56:38 +0000 The Associated Press 17533 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report: Lack of workplace safety culture in Wyo.