Work-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries Are a Major Problem in Kentucky

Work-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries Are a Major Problem in Kentucky

July 01,2019

As most of us in Eastern Kentucky coal country are well aware, work can be a dangerous place. A recent report by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) has confirmed that, in particular, on-the-job traumatic brain injuries (or TBIs) are a problem in the state — prompting the organization to issue a hazard alert to educate employers and employees about the issue. In Kentucky in 2016: 405 people had...

Work Zone Crashes Have Increased in KY

May 07,2018

With roadway construction season kicking off again this spring, Kentucky highway work zones are high-risk areas, not only for road crew members, but for vehicle drivers and their passengers. Kentucky highway officials and law enforcement are hoping to avoid a repeat of the sudden 33 percent jump in accidents that killed 12 motorists in work zones last year.  Curiously enough, of those 12 lost lives, 11 were motorists and...

New Hazard Alert for Kentucky Trench Workers

April 02,2018

Despite every construction company’s claim that safety comes first, trench collapse deaths are still happening at a more alarming rate than a year or two ago. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a graphic that shows the number of construction trench injuries and deaths from 2012 to 2016.  There were more deaths in 2016 than in 2014 and 2015 COMBINED (23 in 2016, as opposed to 11 e...

EMS Worker Fatigue Is a Big Problem, but Solutions Are Available

March 26,2018

Hoping to reduce work-related fatigue among emergency medical services professionals, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the National Association of State EMS Officials partnered to establish a series of guidelines. Thousands of pieces of literature regarding EMS workplace fatigue were reviewed by a panel of experts. Included were recent research which illustrated that more than half of EMS workers are exper...

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, Protect Your Vision

March 06,2018

As many as 2,000 people a day injure their eyes while on the job.  One out of 10  end up missing at least one day of work while recovering. Of the total number of work-related eye injuries, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) says 10 to 20 percent will result in temporary or permanent vision loss. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that workplace eye injuries cost about $30...

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