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Report: 34 killed on job in Wyoming in 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A higher-than-average number of workers died on the job in Wyoming last year.

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services said Tuesday 34 people died at work in Wyoming last year. That’s up from 26 in 2013 and close to the recent high of 35 fatalities in 2012.

Wyoming has been averaging 30 deaths on the job since 2008. The state consistently ranks second only to North Dakota for its rate of deadly workplace accidents.

Ten deaths on the job in Wyoming last year occurred in the oil and gas industry. Seven of those 10 deaths involved vehicles.

Seven other deaths were drivers working general transportation jobs.

Other workers killed included a researcher mauled by a grizzly bear and a worker who fell into equipment at a sugar beet plant.

In related news, Wyoming workers retrain amid fossil-fuel business layoffs.

This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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