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Occupational Health and Safety

Kentucky continues to have elevated numbers of fatal and nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses compared to overall U.S. rates. KIPRC is grounded in the belief that workplace injuries are preventable through the proper implementation of OSHA’s Hierarchy of Controls: elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administrative, and personal protective equipment. It is the goal of KIPRC's occupational safety and health programs to improve occupational injury morbidity and mortality; identify state-specific occupational health priorities and issues; inform work-related standards, regulations, and interventions; and advance usefulness of occupational injury surveillance data at federal, state, and local levels for prevention of occupational injuries and hazards.

Occupational Safety and HealthPrograms

The Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program is an occupational fatality prevention and surveillance program of the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Kentucky. Kentucky is one of seven FACE states currently funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The Kentucky FACE program has conducted surveillance of all occupational fatalities since 1994.

The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance (KOSHS) expanded program consists of three integrated component programs: 1) KOSHS; 2) Occupational Health Indicators (OHIs); and 3) Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE).


Occupational Safety and HealthRecent Reports

KIPRC’s 2019 Occupational Health Indicator (OHI) report provides detailed statistics of Kentucky occupational health and safety metrics based on the latest year of available data. New Kentucky-specific indicators will be introduced in 2021 that address specific vehicle types involved in motor vehicle collisions, work-related drug overdoses, and the use of novel data sources, including emergency…

While working in Kentucky in 2020, 89 residents from Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Mexico died. November was the deadliest month for workers in Kentucky, with 15% of fatalities in 2020 (13 deaths).

From 1994-2014, Kentucky saw an average of four work-related pedestrian fatalities per year. From 2015-2019, the average number of work-related pedestrian fatalities rose to seven per year, an alarming 75% increase. The construction industry has seen the most pedestrian fatalities from 1994-2019 (27) followed by the transportation and warehousing industry (20).

From 1994-2014, Kentucky saw an average of four work-related pedestrian fatalities per year. From 2015-2019, the average number of work-related pedestrian fatalities rose to seven per year, an alarming 75% increase. The construction industry has seen the most pedestrian fatalities from 1994-2019 (27) followed by the transportation and warehousing industry (20).

While working in Kentucky in 2019, 79 residents from Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Mexico, and Canada died on the job. December was the deadliest month for workers in Kentucky, with 13% of fatalities in 2019 (10 deaths).