Kentucky Bucks National Trend on Workplace Injuries

"Kentucky is moving in the right direction, but there is still much work to be done." So says state Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey concerning recently revealed statistics on nonfatal and deadly accidents and injuries occurring in the state's varied workplaces.

The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the Kentucky's rate of 3.4 recordable job injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time employees in 2016, the lowes in the state's history. This is down from a rate of 8.4 in 1996, the first year that BLS began collecting this data. This 7% drop from 2015 coincides with a similar rise in the rate nationwide.

Kentucky operates its own OSHA-approved state program, known as the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program or KYOSH. We have noted in prior blog posts (please see our November 18 entry from last year, for example) that KYOSH is a proactive and aggressive agency. For example, KYOSH investigators conducted multiple on-site inspections across the state last month that yielded more than 60 serious violations.

When there is need, they know employers can turn to a deep legal team of proven attorneys for help. Experienced legal counsel can take the lead in matters ranging from incident investigation, regulatory compliance and the contesting of enforcement actions to litigation defense, safety program/training guidance and more.

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