State Groups: Workforce Deaths Need To Be Addressed

State Groups: Workforce Deaths Need To Be Addressed

(WY NEWS SERVICE) -- Wyoming as a state has ranked first or second in workplace deaths year-in and year-out, and groups are calling for changes to increase workplace safety.

The AFL-CIO and SAFER, the Spence Association for Employee Rights, are two groups calling for changes not only in safety regulations but in workplace culture as a whole.

Kim Floyd is Wyoming state AFL-CIO executive secretary. He says the state's OSHA department should have more inspectors and start issuing steeper penalties.

He goes on to say that culture change is going to have to start at the state level.

Mandatory safety inspections after incidents that required hospitalization and making injury records public would be helpful, Floyd added.

Last month, State Epidemiologist Dr. Timothy Ryan reported that 622 people have died at work in Wyoming since 1992. Ryan said there should be more data collection, and urged the industry to reform itself.

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