Wyoming continues to have one of the worst rates of death on the job.
New figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show
that Wyoming had the second-highest rate of deadly workplace
accidents of any state in 2010.
Only West Virginia had a higher rate. Contributing to West
Virginia's rate in 2010 was a coal mine accident that killed 29
workers and was the nation's deadliest mine accident in 40 years.
Wyoming's high workplace death rate reflects an energy industry
that employs a relatively large portion of the state's work force
compared to people who work at less dangerous jobs.
Workplace accidents in Wyoming killed 33 people in 2010, up from
19 in 2009. Five workers died at mining and oil and gas extraction
jobs in Wyoming in 2010.