Wyoming state legislators are discussing whether to require a $50,000 fine for any company where a safety violation causes the death of one of its workers.
The draft legislation heads before the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee in Cheyenne on Tuesday.
The proposal is a compromise between Democratic state Rep. Mary Throne of Cheyenne and Republican state Sen. Charles Scott of Casper.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Throne proposed basing fatal accident fines on a company’s size and safety record. Scott proposed an automatic $50,000 fine with no possibility of appeal.
The bill would set the fine at $50,000 but allow companies to appeal the penalty.
Fines imposed last year by the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration in fatal cases averaged $9,554.
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