Wyoming is considering some changes to its rules to help keep safe workers in the state's oil and gas fields.
- Required training documentation
- New emergency communication rules
- Flame-resistant clothing required
- Permits for welding or cutting
- Stricter fall protection rules
- Fall protection plan and training requirement
For a snazzy powerpoint description of the rule changes, go here.
These news rules have been under development while Timothy Ryan, the state's epidemiologist, has been crunching accident data.
His conclusion: More workers die because of incidents on drilling rigs than any where else in oil and gas fields. Transportation fatalities were number two.
Take a look and see what you think. And remember, if you want to weigh in on these rules in writing, now's the time.
Here's a letter sent to Wyoming Oil and Gas Safety Alliance members today from Dave Ramage, chairman of the organization's OSHA committee.
'"Comments concerning these proposed rule changes can be both positive endorsements as well as change recommendations. Comments may be submitted by individuals, employees of companies, or as a consolidated company position."
I've included his letter to this blog post for you to read.