Heart attack is top killer of Kentucky workers on the job

87 Kentuckians died of heart attacks at work from 2012-2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 8, 2015) — From 2012-2014 a total of 87 Kentuckians suffered fatal heart attacks while on the job, according to a study by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. During the same time period, there were eight other deaths from natural causes.

Being struck by an object was the most often cause of death for work-related deaths, at 28, followed by 19 from falls, 17 from transportation crashes, 13 from being caught in or between objects, seven from electrocution, and one each from hyperthermia and suffocation.

The victims of heart-related workplace deaths had an average age of 53 years old. Of the 87 heart-related deaths, 10 were truck drivers. Truck driver was the most likely occupation in Kentucky to have a heart attack on the job, while machine operator (7) and maintenance worker (6) rounded out the top three.


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