Cheyenne, WY – The state Senate is debating a bill that would significantly increase fines for workplace safety violations. Senator Tony Ross from Cheyenne says Wyoming leads the nation in workplace deaths per 100 thousand people. Ross says that proves that something must be done. But Casper Senator Charles Scott says helping companies correct problems is better than heavy fines: "What I'm a little afraid of is this bill, with this big increase in penalties, that osha is going to come in as the heavy handed policemen and see how many people they can nail. And I think that approach is less likely to be successful."
Senator Kathryn Sessions from Cheyenne says there are fewer safety problems at Wyoming's mines, because they are heavily regulated. She says that should also be the approach in the oil and gas industry. The Senate will debate the bill two more times.