UK, EKU Get $5 Million From CDC To Make High-Risk Jobs Safer

The Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center received a five-year, $5 million grant to improve occupational health and safety in Central Appalachia and Kentucky.

Occupational jobs are those with high safety needs related to agriculture, oil, coal, timber, highway, fishing and hunting.  Many of those industries have a stong presence in Kentucky.

The funding will go to students and research at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky.  At UK, at least 70 percent of the money will go directly to students.

"The CARERC works to train professionals who are well equipped to identify and address workplace safety and health hazards, thereby preventing injuries and their associated costs," said Wayne Sanderson, director of the CARERC and interim dean of the UK College of Public Health. 

The grant comes after U.S Congressman Hal Rogers invited the director of the CDC to the Commonwealth.

Sanderson said research and technology have helped to cut down on deaths in occupational jobs and that they have been declining since 1994. There were about 4,600 lives lost nationally last year compared to 6,000 in 1992.

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