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Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program


The Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program is an occupational fatality prevention and surveillance program of the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the University of Kentucky. Kentucky is one of seven FACE states currently funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The Kentucky FACE program has conducted surveillance of all occupational fatalities since 1994.


In addition to surveillance, Kentucky FACE staff members conduct on-site investigations of workplace fatalities, producing investigative reports and other training materials which contain targeted recommendations for workplace injury prevention. 

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Publications and Reports

Fatality Investigation Reports

These reports are the result of on-site investigations and detail the events surrounding a fatal work injury. Safety recommendations are made based on the hierarchy of hazard control, including elimination or substitution of the hazard, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Hazard Alerts

Hazard alerts are 1-2 sided documents which address an industry hazard which has been identified as a contributing factor to death in two or more recent Kentucky FACE cases. Made for training purposes and to be displayed in workplaces, these documents provide a brief overview of each fatality and offers safety recommendations for prevention of future similar incidents.




News and Updates


July 2017: Kentucky FACE case #16KY017 "Construction Laborer Killed in Trench Collapse While Taking Grade Measurements" was featured in the July 2017 issue of Occupational Health & Safety Magazine. Click here to view the article.


May 2017: The KOSHS Program has released a Preventing Construction Falls Toolkit, which has a variety of resources for employers to use to help maintain awareness of fall hazards on construction sites. This toolkit was created in recognition of the 2017 National Stand Down Week to Prevent Falls in Construction.



February 2017: The KOSHS Program has released an online training module series which addresses what drivers should expect during a routine Level 3 Driver Inspection at roadside. The training can completed at the users pace and offers a printable record of completion at the end of each module. Employers can request to have a free portal set up to keep track of their employees' progress and quiz scores.


September 14, 2016: The FACE Program has released a new Hazard Alert entitled 'Convenience Store Robberies'. This Hazard Alert focuses on operational preparedness including general safety tips to follow in the event of a robbery, and physical deterrent recommendations on the design and layout of the store premises.

May 16, 2016: The FACE Program has released a new workbook entitled 'Preventing Falls in Construction'. This workbook is intended for classroom training to raise awareness of the most common causes of fatal falls in the construction industry.

May 16, 2016: Above Ground Level Magazine has featured the Kentucky FACE Report 'Cell Tower Technician Dies after Antenna Array Falls and Decapitates Him (14KY032)' in their May 2016 issue. Click here to see all FACE report magazine publications.


May 16, 2016: This week marks the beginning of the National Waste & Recycling Association's Safety Stand Down Week to prevent heat-related illness in the waste and recycling industry. Last year alone, at least 30 workers in the US died as a result of heat exposure. Click here to learn more and register.



April 2016: On the morning of May 5th, 2016, Kentucky FACE Safety specialist De Anna McIntosh conducted a pre-shift Safety Stand-Down Meeting with a construction crew at Messer Construction in Lexington, Kentucky. The talk focused on spreading awareness of fall-related hazards specific to the construction industry. This was done in support of OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction week, spanning May 2-6.


April 2016: Today the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet begins Work Zone Awareness Week.

Ninety-three workers have died in the line of duty over the past 50 years on Kentucky roadways. In honor of this important campaign, we encourage all Kentuckians to be extra mindful of the people out there working on our roads. We all hold that responsibility, because we are Kentucky.

For more information, please visit the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinhouse.

April 2016: April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month. Distracted driving is a prevelant safety issue that affects not only civilian drivers but also work-related transportation and travel. For ways in which you, your employees, coworkers, and loved ones can remain safe while on the road, visit the National Safety Council's Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign website.

January 2016: The National Safety Council's Safety & Health Magazine has featured the Kentucky FACE Report 'Cell Tower Technician Dies after Antenna Array Falls and Decapitates Him (14KY032)' in their February 2016 issue. Click here to see all FACE report magazine publications.

January 2016: The National Waste & Recycling Association is hosting it's first National Stand Down Week to prevent injuries and fatalities related to truck backing. The event will take place from January 25-29.


August 2015: The KY FACE fatality report 'Scrap Processor Struck by Wrench and Dies after Makeshift Torque System Fails' was featured in the latest issue of Scrap Magazine. Scrap magazine is a leading trade journal for the scrap processing industry. Check out their latest issue, with our article featured on page 51.

August 2015: The KY FACE fatality report 'Foreman Falls into Running Auger after Stepping on Door Panel with Broken Door Interlocks' was featured in the August issue of EHS Today magazine.


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