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Time For A WYO “Safety First” Campaign

Karen Snyder, K2 Radio

A call to clock-in for “safety first.” The Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association is pushing for more focus on safety in workplaces in light of an annual report about worker fatalities and injuries. It shows the Cowboy State persistently ranks among the highest. W-T-L-A president Bryan Ulmer says one employee safety improvement would be to change the way the state responds to incidents. Right now, he says major investigations only happen after an injury or death.

“It would be ideal if employees and employers both had the benefit of OSHA’s expertise and guidance and education, to prevent these kinds of injuries before they happen.”

Ulmer adds that workplace safety isn’t just a management or state issue…it takes employee collaboration, too.

“It has to be something that is adopted and embraced by management, and it has to be enforced and encouraged, down to the worker level.”

He says the state could also help promote business and industry efforts to increase workplace safety, and possibly reward companies with solid safety records. An AFL-CIO report lists Wyoming as 47th worst in the country for its worker fatality rate, with 19 people losing their lives on the job in a single year.

Wyoming News Service

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