The Wyoming Oil and Gas Industry Safety Alliance is offering a series of driving classes for oil field drivers in a bid to reduce the number of Cowboy State driving fatalities.

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Industry Safety Alliance is offering a series of driving classes for oil field drivers in a bid to reduce the number of Cowboy State driving fatalities.

The announcement from WOGISA comes on the heels of a new report, which found that 16 of 31 workplace related deaths in 2012 were transportation-related. Out-of-state drivers were involved in 13 of the 16 transportation- related deaths.

The report was written by state occupational epidemiologist Mack Sewell and comes as Wyoming tries to grapple with a high number of workplace fatalities. The state had the highest ratio of workplace deaths in the country five times between 2001 and 2010.

Transportation has been a persistent problem area. Wyoming recorded a total of 62 workplace fatalities between 2001 and 2008. Of those, 25 were transportation-related.

The safety alliance said the classes will focus on defensive driving and winter hazards. The one-hour courses will be taught by the Wyoming Highway Patrol and are free.

The classes will be at three locations on Dec. 9: Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs and the Wyoming Fire Academy in Riverton. The McMurry Regional Training Center will host a class in Casper on Dec. 10, and the Clarion Inn in Gillette is the site of a course on Dec. 11. All classes begin at 7 a.m. Interested people may sign up by emailing wogisa@vcn.com.