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Agreed – Wyoming’s coal mines are extremely safety-minded. In fact, the Wyoming Business Report’s upcoming Energy Book will have a story on the exceptional ‘culture of safety’ present in Wyoming’s coal mines – something that has been overlooked in the discussion of Wyoming’s dismal overall safety record.
Don Dorn makes an excellent point; Wyoming’s mining industry has an incredible safety record for the amount of man hours worked. Editorial cartoonist Greg Kearney doesn’t direction from me. However, Mr. Dorn’s point is not lost on folks engaged in this issue of improving Wyoming’s workplace safety record. Wyoming AFL-CIO and SAFER have asked the governor and others to take notes from Wyoming mines and MSHA, given the evident success that full-inspection access can bear safer workplaces without interruption to operations. — Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile editor-in-chief
I don’t exactly like the representation of a miner in your cartoon. The fact is, Mining in Wyoming is one of the safest jobs in the state, oil and gas has been the most dangerous running neck and neck with transportation. A lot of miners pride themselves on the safety records we receive across the state, and to downgrade the industry with your illustration is disrespectful to our miners.
Wyoming likes being number one in a lot of areas, and I am glad to see Matt Mead is proud of a Wyoming worker dying every 10 days in our state.