- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has launched a workplace safety division to provide free safety advice and consultations across the state.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1Tzucuf ) that nine members of the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration will move to the new division, which will provide advice and conduct surveys to help improve safe working environments without penalizing employers.

Wyoming OSHA Administrator John Ysebaert says under the original model, the agency had to wait for employers to ask for assistance, but with the new division can proactively offer help to employers.

Wyoming often tops lists of for dangerous working conditions due to the large number of workers in dangerous sectors such as energy and agriculture. According to federal figures, 37 people died on the job in Wyoming in 2014.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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