Wyoming Workplace Deaths Increase In 2014
A new state report says deaths on the job in Wyoming went up by about 42 percent between 2013 and 2014.
David Bullard of the Research and Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says 37 Wyoming workers died on the job last year, compared to 26 in 2013. But even with the big increase in job fatalities last year, the number of deaths was only slightly above the state average of 34 workplace fatalities for the years between 1992 and 2014.
Bullard says Wyoming in general tends to have a fairly high percentage of such deaths because many of the state's dominant industries, such as mining and agriculture, tend to have high death rates.
According to the report, 11 Wyoming workers died in jobs related to natural resources and mining last year, with five occurring in agriculture and six in mining, including oil and gas production Another 11 workers died in jobs related to trade, transportation and utilities.
The remaining 16 deaths were recorded in a variety of industries across the state.