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Mon January 7, 2013
Legislature will consider new Workplace safety incentive
Wyoming’s incoming Speaker of the House plans to introduce another piece of legislation that attempts to improve Workplace Safety in the state.
Gillette Republican Tom Lubnau is proposing a ten-percent reduction in Workers Compensation rates for companies that complete the Workplace Safety Contracts program. Lubnau says that involves helping employers create a safer work environment for their employees.
“Just encouraging those people to act appropriately and then get some financial rewards that are tangible, over and above the intangible rewards of having a safer workplace, which we believe results in lower operating costs and a more competitive business.”
The Department of Workforce Services estimates that the program will cost one-million dollars a year. Last year, the legislature approved grant money to help companies purchase safety equipment and increased the number of safety inspectors in the state.