Today, Labor Cabinet Secretary David A. Dickerson announced in Federal Fiscal Year 2019, the Labor Cabinet was able to save Kentucky companies approximately $22,554,000 in occupational safety and health fines by conducting free consultative, on-site visits and alerting companies to safety hazards.
“Safety is our goal. When we can create safe work places and save companies from fines, that’s a win in my book,” Dickerson said.
In FFY 19, the Labor Cabinet conducted 390 consultative survey visits. These are provided free to any company in the Commonwealth that requests a safety or health assessment of their workplace. Those visits resulted in identifying a combined 3,222 serious hazards that could have impacted 134,165 employees across Kentucky. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s definition, “serious hazards can cause an accident or health hazard exposure resulting in death or serious physical harm.”
An additional 1,723 hazards, which are not identified as “serious” but could have a direct impact on employee safety and health, were identified. These hazards could have impacted approximately 88,888 employees and resulted in enforcement penalties of up to $3,446,000.
“When we are invited by a company to assess workplace safety, we conduct our surveys confidentially with the employer,” Commissioner of Workplace Standards, Dwayne Depp said. “We work with the company’s leadership to abate workplace safety hazards and ensure a safe environment for workers.”
The comprehensive consultative surveys are one way the Labor Cabinet keeps the Commonwealth safe. Through the Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training, the Labor Cabinet is able to provide free trainings through Population Center Trainings throughout the state. In fiscal year 2019, more than 1,700 employees participated in the trainings, representing 5,283 contact hours.
“The Cabinet’s Education & Training Division team has developed proactive approaches to workplace safety that are proven methods for reducing workplace injuries and helping employers avoid increased workers’ compensation premiums,” (Ret.) Colonel Danny E. Davis, Education & Training Division director said.
In addition to Population Center Trainings, employers and employees all across Kentucky and the nation have access to cost-free safety and health eLearning programs on the Labor Cabinet’s KYSAFE website (www.kysafe.ky.gov). Safety and Health modules along with recorded webinars are available on a variety of safety subjects.
The Labor Cabinet also provides free publications, required workplace posters, and information on injury/illness recordkeeping requirements. The Cabinet oversees the Partnership Programs as well as conducting the Annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and OSHA Data Collection.