Workplace deaths in Wyoming increase

Aug 22, 2013

There were 35 workplace fatalities in the state last year, according to a report released by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. That’s up from 32 in 2011.

 The deadliest occupations were in the “trade, transport and utilities” category, with 12 fatalities, followed by jobs in the “natural resources and mining” category, which had 10 deaths.

 Almost half of all work place fatalities were the result of what the report called “transportation incidents.” 

  “Transportation incidents include anything like car accidents, could be a plane crash, could be even a tractor or a horse. Anything people move with,” says Carola Cowan, a programs manager with the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  Department of Workforce Services Director Joan Evans says she hopes educating employers about safety will help lower workplace fatality rates in the future.

“What we’re trying to focus on here in Wyoming is shifting the culture of our work places, to have an emphasis on workplace safety. And we know that that doesn’t happen over night,” said Evans. 

   2012’s total fatality rate is one death higher than Wyoming’s average for the past two decades.