Number of Wyoming job deaths unchanged as national fatalities rise in 2016

Thirty four people died on the job in Wyoming in 2016, the same as the year before. The workers were a cross section of the most well-known careers in the Cowboy State, from truck drivers and coal miners to agricultural workers and oilmen, according to a workplace fatalities report released Thursday by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services’ Research and Planning division.

Wyoming’s fatalities stand out nationally, where 36 of the 50 states saw an increase in workplace deaths.

The 2016 report is compiled in collaboration with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is the “gold standard” for comparing workplace fatalities across the states. The data is drawn from a variety of sources, including OSHA, coroner and police reports.