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Tree Trimmer Electrocuted and Dies While Trimming Tree Away from Power Lines

Produced by the Kentucky FACE Program, this Fatality Investigation Report details the death of a line clearance tree trimmer who inadvertently came into contact with an exposed power line while performing tree trimming operations. Contributing factors are identifies and safety recommendations are made.


Linking Death Certificates, Postmortem Toxicology, and Prescription History Data for Better Identification of Populations at Increased Risk for Drug Intoxication Deaths

The abuse and diversion of drugs significantly impact the health and safety of Kentucky citizens. This study demonstrated the benefit of integrated multi-source drug intoxication fatality surveillance to identify drug misuse and diversion and population groups at high risk for drug poisoning mortality and to inform targeted prevention programs.


Construction Sector Injuries in Kentucky, 2008-2015

This report analyzes characteristics for all fatal workplace injuries in Kentucky’s construction sector from 2008-2015. Also displayed are nonfatal injury rates for select construction industries in Kentucky.

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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.