Rock Springs summit seeks to improve workplace safety

Jun 24, 2013

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.

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.

Workforce Services Director Joan Evans says they’ll also honor employees who took steps to protect fellow workers.

“It’s those kinds of efforts that chip away at what we’re up against with trying to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries in Wyoming,” Evans said.

Last year, Wyoming hired more safety consultants to help companies identify and fix safety problems. But workers advocates say the state also needs to impose tougher penalties on employers who violate workplace safety rules.