Recent Releases

Drug Overdose Fatality Surveillance System (DOFSS) 2015 Annual Report

Kentucky’s Drug Overdose Fatality Surveillance System (DOFSS) is a comprehensive database that utilizes multiple sources to enhance the Commonwealth’s analytical capacity to identify and characterize drug overdose fatalities. This inaugural DOFSS annual report highlights findings from this surveillance system for drug overdose fatality deaths in 2015.


Occupational Hazard Alert: Pedestrian Workers Killed by Forklifts

Recent trends in pedestrian-related forklift fatalities are addressed in this two-page occupational safety flyer; Kentucky cases are highlighted and recommendations are made for prevention of future similar incidents.


Occupational Hazard Alert: Loggers Killed During Felling Operations

This two-page occupational safety flyer details recent trends in loggers being killed while felling trees, both in Kentucky and the U.S. Safety recommendations are made for prevention of future similar incidents.


2017 FACE Annual Report

A summary providing detailed statistics and narratives of Kentucky worker deaths in 2016.


Faculty & Staff


Meet the faculty and staff behind the community outreach and research initiatives in KIPRC.



Injury Topics

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  • Occupational Safety & Health
  • Motor Vehicle Safety
  • Falls
  • Trauma
  • Pediatric & Adolescent Injuries
  • Fire Safety
  • Intentional Injury
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Injury Prevention News

June is National Safety Month - NSC

Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.

National Public Health Week Infographic - APHA

In celebration of National Public Health Week, the American Public Health Association has released an infographic to help the public learn how public health professionals play a role in striving to create the healthiest nation.

Kentucky Researchers Publish on Healthcare Industry Injuries

Researchers at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center published “Healthcare Industry Injuries by Patient Contact Status in Kentucky, 2012–2014” in the October issue of the Southern Medical Journal.

KIPRC Faculty Member's Research Examines Protective Effects of Motorcycle Helmets

Dr. Michael Singleton published new research on the protective effects of motorcycle helmets in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention.

Fewer Heroin Overdoses Reported Over Labor Day Weekend In Kentucky

There appear to have been fewer heroin overdoses over Labor Day weekend than the previous week, both in Louisville and across the state. But the lower overdose numbers over the Labor Day weekend may not give a complete picture. Dr. Svetla Slavova of KIPRC discusses the need for implementing electronic health record systems in hospitals to provide a more real-time estimation of drug overdoses in Kentucky.

September is National Preparedness Month

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

Pokemon Go: Safety Tips

The Huffington Post offers safety tips for gamers and parents of gamers when playing the massively popular augmented reality mobile game Pokemon Go.

National Safety Month 2016 Focuses on Young Workers

June is National Safety Month, and NIOSH this year has highlighted the potential dangers associated with young workers, particularly in retail jobs.

Details On Death Certificates Offer Layers Of Clues To Opioid Epidemic

The Chief Medical Examiner of Connecticut offers insight into the importance of detailed and accurate reporting of drug toxicity on death certificates.

CDC Finds Most Dangerous Equipment on Playgrounds

Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved.

April is National Facial Protection Month

Each April the dental community joins together to promote National Facial Protection month. It is the perfect time of year to bring attention to how important it is to protect your teeth, gum and full mouth from injury during all the spring sports.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Thousands have died in car crashes involving cell phone use. New technology allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media while driving – all actions that are proven to increase crash risk. The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic. NSC wants empower you to put safety first and Take Back Your Drive.

Study finds injury prevention programs in youth soccer can cut health-care costs

Sport is the leading cause of injury in youth, accounting for more than 30 per cent of all injuries. A new study by University of Calgary researchers published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that not only does a neuromuscular training warm-up program prevent injury in youth soccer, it also saves millions of dollars in health-care costs.

FEMA study to test exercise regimen in preventing back injury in firefighters

The University of South Florida will enroll 350 firefighters from Tampa Bay's 3 largest fire departments in the $1.3 million FEMA-funded trial.