New Oil/Gas Safety Rules

K2's Ophelia Young reports, 

There have been five well-related deaths this year in Wyoming.  It's no surprise that Wyoming is one of the most dangerous states for workers.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration here in Wyoming is trying to change this fact. 

OSHA has spent the last year studying the work culture and environments of the industry.  They decided some changes need to be made, the largest of which include better emergency communications, clearer training, flame-resistant clothing, hot work permits, and added fall protection.  Smaller changes include CPR training, added eye and feet protection, and a smoking ban within 75 feet of a well bore. 

Failure to comply with these rules will result in citations and penalties.  Though OSHA believes that these new rules should help worker injury and fatality rates drop, but they say worker safety ultimately depends on how closely companies will follow these new rules. 

The Oil and Gas Commission will vote on the new changes on December 2nd in Casper.  If passed, the rules will have 75 days to be signed into law by Governor Mead.