The state of Wyoming has had one on-the-job fatality every 10 days for the last 20 years, and that has made Wyoming either the first or second most dangerous state for employment since 2001.
According to a Wyoming News Service media release, 34 Wyomingites died on the job in 2010, the last year for which statistics are available. Kim Floyd, Executive Secretary of Wyoming State AFL-CIO, a federation that supports 55 workers unions throughout the state, said recent legislation from the Department of Workforce Services that adds more occupational health inspectors is a good start. The organization also secured more legal support.
Increasing Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections is only part of the solution, said Floyd. Workers and employers each have a role to play to foster a climate of safety.
According to the Department of Workforce Services, the eight newly-hired OSHA inspectors will undergo six months of training before they being their work in the field.