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By Ramsey Scott
Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Via Wyoming News Exchange 

Wyoming near top of nation for workplace fatality rate

 

January 3, 2019



CHEYENNE — Wyoming has consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous states for workers. And in 2017, Wyoming once again more than doubled the national average for workplace fatalities.

According to the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, the state saw a fatality rate of 7.7 workers per 100,000 full-time-equivalent employees in 2017. That’s the third highest in the country and significantly higher than the national rate of 3.5 per 100,000. Only Alaska and North Dakota ranked higher last year.

Last year’s numbers weren’t an anomaly for Wyoming. According to the U.S. Departme...



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