Wyoming Workplace Deaths Fell 31% in 2008

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Employment says occupational fatalities decreased 31% from 2007 to 2008. It's the largest single-year drop since the department began keeping records in 1993.

Department senior economist Sara Saulcy attributes the drop to high gasoline prices in 2008. She says expensive gas prices reduced driving and prompted people to drive more slowly. The total number of occupational fatalities dropped from 48 in 2007 to 33 in 2008.

The department says transportation accidents are the leading cause of workplace deaths, making up more than half of such fatalities in 2008. Leading in workplace deaths were the mining industry and the transportation and warehousing industry. Each reported eight deaths in 2008.

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