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Four Ways to Help Your Teen Driver Avoid Being Distracted

Synopsis The risk for fatal teen crashes increases by 17 percent between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is known as the "100 Deadliest Days" for young, inexperienced drivers. Kentucky has one of the highest fatal teen crash rates in the nation caused by young drivers who are drinking and driving, speeding and driving distracted. [...]

An Overview of Heat-Related Dangers for Outdoor Kentucky Workers

Synopsis From 1992 through 2017, heat killed 815 workers nationally and injured another 66,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. High temperatures and extreme hot weather can trigger dangerous conditions for workers in outdoor operations, making them sick from exposure and puts them at risk of falling, or mishandling machinery and tools. The U.S. [...]

Who is to Blame for all the Texting While Driving Accidents?

Synopsis The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says drivers who text message are the highest percentage of those involved in fatal distracted driving crashes. Distracted driving was responsible for 2,994 fatal crashes in 2017 and countless accident-related injuries which impacted not only the victims, but also families and friends. In Kentucky, the law bans texting [...]

Medical Malpractice: What You Should Know

Synopsis According to a 2016 Johns Hopkins Medicine comprehensive study on medical errors, negligent lapses in patient care result in 250,000 deaths each year and remain the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical professionals should be held responsible for permanent injuries or fatalities made to patients through surgical errors, missed and delayed [...]

Top 10 Most Common Workplace Injuries of 2018

Synopsis Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace. More than 2.8 billion workers are injured on the job each year and thousands more die from work-related accidents that could have been prevented by proper trainings and protections. The top 10 most frequently cited [...]

Nationwide Rise in Pedestrian Accidents a Worrying Trend

Pedestrian Dies After Being Struck at Owensboro Intersection The Owensboro Police Department recently released news that the pedestrian who was struck by a Volkswagen passenger car at the intersection of West 2nd Street at Frayser Avenue on Feb. 22 has passed away from her related accident injuries. The 48-year-old victim was from Owensboro and the [...]

What You Should Know About Forklift Accidents

4 Common Causes of Forklift Operator Injury or Death Forklifts are common work vehicles used by most of Kentucky’s construction and manufacturing industries. Also known as powered industrial trucks (PITS), forklifts are used most often to lift heavy loads and transport supplies and can either be operated by a trained worker or controlled by a [...]

On-the-Job Dangers To Miners Prevalent in Kentucky

First Kentucky Coal Miner Death for 2019 Reported in Bell County Rhoads & Rhoads is a law firm with a devoted history protecting the rights of Kentucky coal workers and their families. In 1974, Jerry Rhoads started the law firm in Madisonville with the majority of the practice focusing on representing the United Mine Workers’ [...]

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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 [...]