osha http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Latinos At Higher Risk For Workplace Injury http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/latinos-higher-risk-workplace-injury <p>Too many jobs, not enough bodies. That’s the dilemma of many Wyoming construction companies these days that can’t keep up with the building demands of the state’s energy boom. An influx of Latino workers are moving to Wyoming to take up the slack. And national figures show that Hispanics lead the nation in fatal injuries. And with Wyoming having one of the worst records for workplace fatalities, the question is: are Latinos putting themselves in the line of fire?&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:07:30 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61550 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Latinos At Higher Risk For Workplace Injury 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 OSHA Fines Sugar Beet Cooperative $71,000 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/osha-fines-sugar-beet-cooperative-71000 <p>Denver-based Western Sugar Beet Cooperative&nbsp;has been fined&nbsp;$71,000 for violations that led to the death of an employee&nbsp; in January at its facility in Lovell.&nbsp; OSHA and the Wyoming Department of Workforce services allege that because no guard rails had been installed, 28-year-old Anfesa Galaktionoff fell through an opening in the floor into a production pit.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:47:19 +0000 Melodie Edwards 58361 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org OSHA Fines Sugar Beet Cooperative $71,000 Fire at compressor station sends 1 to hospital http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fire-compressor-station-sends-1-hospital <p></p><p>A Christmas Day fire at a natural gas compressor station south of Riverton sent one worker to the hospital.</p><p>The East Alkali Butte station belongs to Texas-based Legacy Reserves. The company’s safety coordinator, Randy Williams, says the injured worker was a contractor. He was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake City for treatment.</p><p>Fremont County Fire Protection deputy chief Dan Oakley says by the time the department got on scene, the fire had been mostly extinguished. He says the building was still standing, but that the windows and doors had been blown out.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 00:32:20 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 51852 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fire at compressor station sends 1 to hospital 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 Explosion at Sinclair refinery causes second fire in two months http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/explosion-sinclair-refinery-causes-second-fire-two-months <p></p><p>An explosion at the Sinclair Refinery near Rawlins on Friday night resulted in a fire.</p><p></p><p>The explosion occurred around 10 p.m. on Friday. No one was injured, and by 3 a.m. the fire was under control. The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is investigating the incident. The cause is still unknown.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 01:00:40 +0000 Willow Belden 47710 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Explosion at Sinclair refinery causes second fire in two months 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 With added OSHA personnel, more companies get safety consultations http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/added-osha-personnel-more-companies-get-safety-consultations <p>Wyoming consistently has one of the highest rates of workplace fatalities in the country. Many of these are in the energy industry, though not all. Last year, the state legislature decided to tackle the problem by hiring more safety consultants for Wyoming’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA. Most agree that the change has been positive, but some say more still needs to be done, in order to reduce workplace injuries and deaths. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:16:30 +0000 Willow Belden 42646 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org With added OSHA personnel, more companies get safety consultations Sinclair fined for safety violations following diesel leak http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sinclair-fined-safety-violations-following-diesel-leak <p>Sinclair Oil is being fined $260,000 for safety violations at its refinery near Rawlins. These are on top of violations the company received last year, when repeated explosions and fires injured several plant workers.</p><p>The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, inspected the refinery after receiving a complaint about a diesel leak. OSHA’s John Ysebaert says they found that the company wasn’t adequately training its workers, and wasn’t properly labeling chemicals, among other violations.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 23:41:15 +0000 Willow Belden 36330 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sinclair fined for safety violations following diesel leak OSHA implements new rules to protect rig workers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/osha-implements-new-rules-protect-rig-workers <p></p><p></p><p>New rules from Wyoming’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, require workers to wear flame-resistant clothing near wellbore holes, and require emergency shut-down devices on diesel engines used on drill rigs.</p><p></p><p>OSHA’s John Ysebaert says flame-resistant clothing has made a big difference for worker’s safety during two recent incidents. One was a fire at the Sinclair Oil refinery.</p><p></p><p>“There were injuries, but it absolutely saved lives and … reduced those injuries,”Ysebaert said.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:58:24 +0000 Willow Belden 36275 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org OSHA implements new rules to protect rig workers OSHA finds 11 serious violations at Sinclair Refinery http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/osha-finds-11-serious-violations-sinclair-refinery <div style="margin: 0pt;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font color="black" face="Arial,sans-serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Sinclair Oil for 11 serious violations at its refinery near Rawlins.</span></font></span></font></span></div><div style="margin: 0pt;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font color="black">&nbsp;</font></span></font></span></div><div style="margin: 0pt;"><span lang="en-US"> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:58:41 +0000 Willow Belden 30430 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org OSHA finds 11 serious violations at Sinclair Refinery OSHA investigates string of fires at Sinclair refinery http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/osha-investigates-string-fires-sinclair-refinery <p>Wyoming’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating a series of fires and explosions at the Sinclair Oil Refinery near Rawlins.</p><p>The plant has seen four fires since May, and seven workers have been injured, some critically. The most recent incident was last week.</p><p>OSHA Administrator John Ysebaert says investigations are still pending, but they have some preliminary ideas about the problems.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:55:08 +0000 Willow Belden 29327 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org OSHA investigates string of fires at Sinclair refinery OSHA proposes flame-resistant clothing requirement near rigs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/osha-proposes-flame-resistant-clothing-requirement-near-rigs <p>The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing a rule that would require workers to wear flame-resistant clothing within 75 feet of an oil and gas well bore.<br>&nbsp;<br>The agency is taking public comments on the proposal and will hold a public hearing on Oct. 5 in Casper.<br><br>John Robitaille, of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, says industry would welcome the rule since many already follow it now.<br>&nbsp;<br>But Robitaille says some companies would rather use the special clothing on an as-needed basis.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:54:00 +0000 The Associated Press 28915 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org OSHA proposes flame-resistant clothing requirement near rigs 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 Senate Approves Grants For OSHA Compliance http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-approves-grants-osha-compliance <p>The Wyoming Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would provide grant money to small businesses to have OSHA determine whether they have a safe workplace.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 00:56:01 +0000 Bob Beck 20597 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate Approves Grants For OSHA Compliance 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 Groups want something done about Wyoming workplace deaths http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/groups-want-something-done-about-wyoming-workplace-deaths <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For the last decade, Wyoming has ranked either first or second for workplace deaths and two groups are asking legislators to change things.&nbsp; The AFL-CIO and the Spence Association for Employee Rights point to a recent report that said that Wyoming has had 622 work related deaths since 1992. Kim Floyd of the AFL-CIO says that is too many and it&rsquo;s time for state leaders to change their approach and finally do something to improve the workplace culture.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 14:45:22 +0000 Bob Beck 17786 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Groups want something done about Wyoming workplace deaths