Fatal Flaws: How Kentucky Is Failing Its Workers

Nov 12, 2018

Lisa Hobbs holds a picture of her dancing with her husband Gene "Pius" Hobbs. He was killed when he was run over by a co-worker on a construction site.
Credit Michelle Franks

Kentucky failed to properly investigate nearly every workplace fatality for a two-year period. Kentucky's workers count on the state to force companies to fix dangerous work conditions. But when workers die, the state agency responsible for investigating falls short. 

Excerpt from the federal audit.

“There were several other deficiencies in the fatality cases that were identified in the review. In 11 of the 44 files reviewed, hazards were identified that were not addressed including several that are related to the cause of the accidents. There was no documentation in the files to support that violations of the identified standards were considered. The result is workers are continuously exposed to series hazards that remain unabated.”

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Learn more about this special investigation by the Ohio Valley ReSource, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and the Center for Public Integrity.