WPR News
9:27 pm
Mon June 22, 2009

Wyoming getting data on worker deaths

Laramie, Wy – Wyoming is getting help from a federal agency to prevent worker deaths. Gary Hartman oversees the Governor's task force on workplace safety. He says an epidemiologist from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has been in Wyoming collecting data on how workers are killed. That data may help employers and the state prevent future deaths. Wyoming has one of the highest rates of worker fatalities in America, and Hartman says they're working to fix that.
"We've got kind of a black eye, and we want to see what action we can take to eliminate those fatalities. We'll never get them down to zero but if we can make a significant reduction in those fatalities in the workplace, that's to everybody's benefit."
Hartman says data collection is about 70 percent complete. The Governor's task force meets again on July 9th in Casper.