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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.

In addition to surveillance, Kentucky FACE staff members conduct on-site investigations of workplace fatalities, producing investigative reports and other training materials that contain targeted recommendations for workplace injury prevention.

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To subscribe to the Kentucky FACE email list, please contact us at kyfaceprogram@uky.edu.

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Recent Program Resources

Fatal Drug Overdose in the Workplace

In 2020, the Kentucky Fatality Assessment Control Evaluation program recorded the highest number of workplace drug overdose fatalities since its inception in 1994. The alarming trend has continued into 2021, with eight drug overdose deaths occurring from January to June.

Severe Weather Response and Recovery

Severe weather is an ongoing risk to Kentucky workers. Eleven workers lost their lives to lightning, tornados, and floods while working in Kentucky from 1994 through 2020. In December 2021, eight Kentucky workers were killed when a tornado hit the factory where they were working.

FACE Annual Report 2020

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).