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Wed December 13, 2006
Many Job-Related Deaths Happen on the Road
By Elsa Heidorn
Laramie, WY – Wyoming workers are at the most risk of job-related accidents while they're on the roads. The state department of employment says that 54 percent of all occupational deaths in Wyoming in 2005 were related to transportation. That's about 21 percent above the national rate. The director of the department of employment, Cindy Pomeroy, says unfortunately, economic growth brings more opportunities for deaths on the road. "The growth in the energy sector and the accompanying service sector will only increase the exposure of employees to work related accidents, because of the long distances they have to drive to get to work, the winter conditions in Wyoming and road conditions," she said.
In recent years, December has seen a spike in work-related driving deaths. For that reason, Governor Dave Freudenthal has started a road accident awareness campaign this month.