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Kentucky’s Workplace Injury and Illness Rate is Lowest in History


There were 15,650 incidents reported in Kentucky in 2014; 16,660 in 2013; and 16,620 in 2012. 

Daniel Lowry, spokesman for the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, said Kentuckians should be able to do their jobs and go home safely.

"Every worker should be able to go to work and not be  exposed to health risks and hazards needlessly," he said.

Lowry said in 2013, machine shops had the highest rate of injuries in Kentucky at 12.5 per 100 full-time workers. The rate has fallen to 8.5 per 100 full-time workers. Lowry said the cabinet sent letters to each machine shop in Kentucky and worked with them to reduce hazards and make shops safer.

Since 1972, Kentucky has operated through a state plan approved by OSHA, which allows Kentucky to have its own jurisdiction for enforcement, on-site consultation, standards promulgation, and training services related to workplace safety and health.

Kentucky’s incidence rate is slightly higher than the national average of 3.2. The national average has dropped from 3.3 in 2013 and 3.4 in 2012.

Ja'Nel Johnson covers community health for WFPL News.
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