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Workplace fatalities increase

Posted: Monday, Aug 26th, 2013

PINEDALE The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) research and planning division recently reported there were 35 deaths in Wyoming workplaces in 2012, up from 32 in 2011. On average, from 1992 to 2012, there were 34 occupational fatalities per year, but according to Joan Evans, DWS director, a single death is too many.

Fatalities are counted in company-employed, self-employed and volunteer environments. Additionally, suicides and homicides are included in the annual numbers, as well as sudden illnesses that end up resulting in accidents.

From 2003 to 2012, transportation accidents made up for the majority of fatalities, 60.2 percent, in the workplace. Transportation accidents vary from truck rollovers, to highway crashes, as well as aircraft accidents and any other mode of transportation that gets a person from one location to another.

For the complete article see the 08-27-2013 issue.

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