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Kentucky Workplace Fatalities Decrease for the Second Year in a Row

Workplace Fatalities Dropped in 2017 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) report released on December 18, 2018, there were 43 fewer workplace fatalities in 2017 than the previous year. A rate that also decreased from 3.6 percent in 2016 to 3.5 percent in 2017 nationwide. In Kentucky, the rate [...]

Risk of Black Lung Disease Was Known and Ignored By Employers

Investigators & Employers Knew of Coal Miners Risk of Black Lung Disease The multiyear investigation led by NPR and the PBS program Frontline is continuing to release more information about the rise in Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP), an epidemic commonly referred to as black lung disease. The groups continued their reporting on December 18, 2018 stating that [...]

New Law Could Make Getting Kentucky Workers’s Compensation More Difficult

Substance Abuse and Kentucky’s New Workers’ Compensation Law Workers injured on the job in Kentucky, are covered by the state’s workers’ compensation laws – with few exceptions for independent contractors, domestic workers, and most volunteers. Workers’ compensation provides injured workers with funding for medical costs, temporary disability, or permanent disability if lingering injuries or impairments [...]

What You Should Know About the Kentucky Pregnant Workers’ Rights Act

Kentucky Legislation Supports Workplace Accommodations for Pregnant and Nursing Women A new bill dubbed the Kentucky Pregnant Workers’ Rights Act could make Kentucky the 24th state to require workplace accommodations like more breaks, fair treatment, and support for pregnant women and employees who are nursing. The act will ensure no pregnant woman is forced out [...]

By |2018-11-20T15:53:48+00:00November 15th, 2018|Kentucky News, workers compensation|0 Comments

Frankfort Plant Sees Two Workers Die in Separate Accidents in One Week

Two Worker Deaths in One Week at Montaplast Plant in Frankfort Another worker tragedy, the second in less than a week, has occurred at the Montaplast of North America, Inc. plant in Franklin County. Initial reports say a production engineer died from an electrical shock while another worker is being treated for serious electrical injuries. [...]

By |2018-11-09T21:50:19+00:00November 3rd, 2018|Kentucky News, workers compensation, Wrongful Death|0 Comments

Kentucky Coal Workers Will Have Harder Time Getting Workers’ Comp Benefits

Black Lung Benefits Take a Hit from State Workers’ Compensation Measure Coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP), also known as black lung disease, is a complicated fatal disease that has been responsible for the deaths of about 78,000 coal miners since the late 1960s. A new tweak to a Kentucky law has caused an uproar with coal [...]

Injuries in the Workplace Happen to Minors, Too

Workers’ Comp Program Supports Young Workers Almost every employee in Kentucky is covered by the commonwealth’s Workers' Compensation Law, including minors. Kentucky’s Department of Workers’ Claims, which is attached to the Labor Cabinet, administers the workers’ compensation program. The department has reported in its Fiscal Year 2016- 2017 Annual Report, there were 391 injuries to [...]

By |2018-02-13T13:02:07+00:00February 8th, 2018|Personal Injury, workers compensation|0 Comments

Top 10 OSHA Workplace Safety Violations

New Data Reveals Kentucky’s Workers May Be Getting Hurt Less Often For the first time in Kentucky’s labor history, the state has reached the lowest rate of nonfatal workplace incidents. The most recent data (2016) supporting this claim was released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau’s report showed that Kentucky’s rate of [...]

By |2018-02-08T19:57:50+00:00January 31st, 2018|Safety, workers compensation|0 Comments

Welding Fumes May Be Hurting Kentucky Workers in Mines

Kentucky Welders Who Work in Mines May Have High Exposure Risk to Welding Fumes The Mine Safety and Health Administration has created plenty of rules and safety policies for welders who work in mines to know about the exposure risks to the many hazardous substances found in welding fumes. Unfortunately, with many companies, employers are [...]

By |2017-11-22T15:41:14+00:00November 14th, 2017|Coal Mining, workers compensation|0 Comments

Investigation Deems Company at Fault in Kentucky Coal Miner’s Death

Federal Investigation Cites Inadequate Safety Guards Caused Kentucky Miner’s Death After months of investigating, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released the report on Ray Hatfield Jr.’s January 26th mining-related death. Hatfield was killed when his clothing got caught up within a roller shaft while he was shoveling loose coal from under the [...]

By |2020-02-13T13:26:12+00:00July 26th, 2017|workers compensation, Wrongful Death|0 Comments