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Report- Oil Rig Deaths High in Wyoming

susan_harr5 years ago

Oil and gas accidents accounted for about 20% of all work-related deaths in Wyoming from 2001-2008, a recent state-facilitated report found.  Of those fatalities, more workers were killed on drilling rigs than anywhere else in the industry.

Rig Death Reports

  • There were 62 fatalities in the oil and gas industry from 2001-2008.
  • 32 oil and gas workers (more than half) were killed on oil rigs.
  • The most common cause of the rig deaths were hit/crush injuries, entanglements, and falls.
  • Behind oil rig accidents, transportation accidents were the second leading cause of oil and gas industry deaths- with 25 fatalities from 2001-2008.
  • Fatigue was cited in 75% of transportation fatalities.

Wyoming Worker Death Statistics

  • In Wyoming, between 19 and 48 workers have died on the job each year since 2001.
  • The state's on the job fatality rate fluctuates between double and four times the national average.
  • Wyoming has been named the least safe state for workers five times between 2001 and 2009.
  • From August to September 2011, there were nine workplace fatalities over a five week period.
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