John Ysebaert

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11:40 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Wyoming Worker's Compensation To Adopt Split Plan

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If a proposed plan is adopted, employers in the state could face some significant changes to how worker’s compensation sets its premiums.  Right now, Wyoming only factors in how severe a company’s claims are.   This new system—called a split plan-- would hold companies accountable for both severity and frequency, as is the case in most states. 

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News
5:03 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

WY Workforce Services Never Inspected Lovell Plant

Despite violations at sister plants, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Service never inspected a sugar beet plant in Lovell where an employee was killed in January. Western Sugar Cooperative's Torrington plant received 15 citations in 2013, including one for improper guard rails -- the same problem that led to the death of 28-year-old Anfesa Galaktionoff.

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Open Spaces
4:05 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Sinclair’s struggles: A conversation with OSHA

A few weeks ago, the Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company got a $707,000 fine for safety violations. Wyoming’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, found that Sinclair had willfully violated various safety regulations and failed to fix hazards that could have resulted in death or serious physical harm.

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News
3:34 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Sinclair working to fix safety problems, OSHA says

The head of Wyoming’s Occupation Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, says the Sinclair Refinery is working to improve its safety record.

Earlier this week, we reported that OSHA would consider shutting down the refinery if another life-threatening incident happens at the plant.

But the agency’s John Ysebaert says he’s hopeful that that won’t be necessary.

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4:54 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

OSHA says Sinclair refinery shutdown is on the table

Wyoming’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, says they would consider shutting down the Sinclair refinery if another serious problem happens there.

The refinery has had a series of fires, explosions, and toxic gas releases in the past few years, and OSHA recently gave Sinclair the highest fine it’s ever given a Wyoming company.

OSHA’s John Ysebaert says they’ve already discussed the possibility of closing the refinery if there’s another serious accident.

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5:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Two hospitalized after Sinclair refinery fire

Two people were taken to the hospital after a fire started at the Sinclair Refinery near Rawlins yesterday.

John Ysebaert with Wyoming’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, says the fire started when workers who were erecting scaffolding tripped a valve. That released so-called “super-heated diesel,” which ignites when it hits the atmosphere.

OSHA is investigating the incident.

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