Bear Death Part of Higher Wyoming Workplace Fatality Rate
RIVERTON, Wyo. — A bear mauling death in Fremont County is among 37 workplace fatalities counted in Wyoming last year.
The Wyoming Workforce Services report says the number of workplace deaths in 2014 was a sharp increase from 2013, when 26 workplace deaths were recorded.
One fatality lists a man who died of a bear attack in a national forest. Authorities have reported a bear killed 31-year-old Adam Stewart Sept. 4, 2014, in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in northwest Wyoming. Stewart was monitoring vegetation for an ecological consulting firm at the time.
State epidemiologist Meredith Towle tells The Ranger (http://bit.ly/1QMyYFB) that the increase is reason for concern.
Wyoming has implemented initiatives to improve workplace safety in recent years, and Towle says the work needs to continue and improve.