Work-related deaths increase

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A record 48 people died in job-related
accidents in Wyoming last year, up by a third from 2006.

What seems to be a steep increase from last year's 36 work deaths is somewhat misleading, however.

The Wyoming Department of Employment, Research and Planning says work-related accidents killed 46 people in 2005 and 43 people in 2004.

The additional deaths from 2006 to 2007 were spread across several jobs types and industries. Transportation-related accidents accounted for 34 deaths, or more than 70 percent of 2007 total.