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Keven Moore: Don’t be fooled by harmless-looking lawnmowers — they can be a major safety risk

As the machine age era arrived during the 1900s, safety often became an afterthought as thousands of people were killed or maimed. It took several decades for safety to become a priority and catch up to better protect employees and everyday consumers. As a safety and risk management professional that grew up in the 1970s, I can vividly remember the safety speech my father would always give me every...

Keven Moore: Cycling has increased during COVID-19 pandemic, and so have the safety risks

As a pre-teen and teenager growing up in the 1970s before my first car, my bicycle was the most valued asset that I ever owned. It provided freedom from my boring life of only three channels on TV at home. It also allowed me to get to baseball practice, play at the park, go swimming at the local city pools, and ride to the arcade in the mall. It provided a way to deliver newspapers and visit friends...

Louisville defensive standout’s long road to recovery from severe leg injury nearly complete

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville University of Louisville safety Russ Yeast is a fighter. The senior was in the midst of having a career year in 2019 before suffering a severe leg injury in the regular-season home finale against Syracuse on Nov. 23. However, it all came crashing down on one play during Louisville’s 56-34 win over the Orange. Coming up to make a tackle, the junior was...

Georgetown College science faculty tests classroom ventilation in preparation for upcoming fall semester

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the campus community at Georgetown College has pulled together in extraordinary ways, with faculty, staff, coaches and students all using their unique talents to improve the college and finish the semester strong. Now, as the college prepares for the fall, the work continues to ensure a great fall semester on campus. Professor of Biology Dr. Tracy Livingston, Professor...

Mitch Barnhart says safety will be top priority as UK’s student-athletes return to campus Monday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s first priority will be safety when student-athletes return to campus Monday, says Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. Kentucky will follow the recommendations outlined by the Southeastern Conference’s Return to Activity Medical Guidance Task Force. The university will ensure that proper protocols are in place when players start arriving on campus, the AD...

Murray State to modify fall 2020 academic calendar; classes to begin on Aug. 17, but no fall break

Murray State University has announced modifications to its fall 2020 academic calendar for the health, safety and well-being of the campus and broader community. Murray State’s fall 2020 academic calendar has been condensed to minimize student travel to and from campus during the holidays for the safety and well-being of students. Classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 17 (instead of Tuesday, Aug. 18)....

Stoops trusts Wildcats staying focused during pandemic; hoping for full roster on campus in July

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops doesn’t have the capacity to keep an eye on each and every member of his team but trusts the Wildcats are doing what it takes to stay focused amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “(In) talking with our coaches, I know that some of our players are doing that and getting on the phone and challenging their teammates and checking in with their...

UK’s Barnhart says ‘safety’ major priority as SEC gives green light to campus workouts starting June 8

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference has given member institutions the green light to allow student-athletes back on campus beginning June 8. University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart said the school will work with local and state officials to make a final determination when student-athletes can return to the school and resume voluntary workouts under “strict...

Fish and Wildlife Resources cancels conservation camps; decision protects families from COVID-19

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will not offer its summer conservation camps this year due to the novel coronavirus. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience,” Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Rich Storm said. ”However, this is a necessary step we had to take to protect the health and safety of our campers, their families and our staff.” This decision was...

Department for Public Health issues health, safety guidelines in wake of severe flooding in Eastern Ky.

The Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding Kentuckians to follow safety guidelines following severe flooding and water run-off events from recent rainfall across the state. Governor Andy Beshear, who today visited the Eastern Kentucky areas hardest hit by flood, praised residents for helping each other and told them his administration will support them. “We will use every resource available...

Keven Moore: Driving with snow and ice on top of your hood is dangerous and may be illegal

It’s January and once again it’s that time of the year in Kentucky when we are most at risk to receive a major snowfall for our region, and unlike our childhood, many of us don’t get the luxury of staying home on a snow day.  For those less fortunate and don’t have the luxury of a garage for your vehicle, scraping the ice and snow off of your windshield is pretty much the last thing many of...

Keven Moore: Escape Rooms are a popular, trendy form of entertainment — but are they dangerous?

Around the world, Escape Rooms are a booming form of entertainment that has swept this country in the last few years. An Escape Room, also known as an “escape game,” is a live‐action team‐based game where players are confined inside a space and must cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific...

Keven Moore: Electrical shock drowning is a silent killer — please be careful when boating this summer

Boats can be a great source of summer fun and leisure as 141.6 million Americans go boating every year. According to the National Marine Manufacturer Association, there are 12 million boats registered in the US, with 173,344 of them being registered in the state of Kentucky. There are approximately 12,000 marinas nationwide, 1.1 million boat slips in the United States and in Kentucky I counted 123...

Keven Moore: How safe is your child’s summer camp; check it out and look for ACA accreditation

This time of the year parents everywhere are scrambling to plan out their summer schedule, including summer camps for the kids. Summer camps for kids today could mean weeks of wilderness immersion with time spent swimming, rock climbing, singing and making crafts and making wonderful memories. For many children, summer camp is a right of passage. There are camps for about every interest – swimming,...

AAA poll reveals 92 percent of Ky drivers worried about use of electronic devices behind the wheel

As Distracted Driving Awareness Month continues, a recent AAA poll of Kentucky motorists found that 92 percent are very or somewhat concerned for their safety due to other drivers being distracted by electronic devices. Yet despite the growing concern, 80 percent say they see more drivers around them distracted by electronic devices. The survey of 613 drivers took place March 14-15. It included men...

Keven Moore: Office holiday parties are fun, but businesses need appropriate safeguards

It’s that time of year again – when office and businesses all across the country get together to eat, drink and be merry for their annual Holiday Party. Hollywood has scripted multiple classic movies with Christmas office parties into the plot from the 1947 classic “It’s A Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart, the 1988 thriller “Die Hard,” starring Bruce Willis, and the most recent...

EKU’s online enrollment jumps 13 percent; growth partially attributed to new program offerings

Eastern Kentucky University has 13 percent more students enrolled in EKU Online programs compared to a year ago. The growth, from 3,002 to 3,399, is attributed to new program offerings, increased interest in degree completion and sustained enrollment in foundational programs. “Students should be and are researching schools that offer exceptional value for the tuition they are paying,” said Dr....

Keven Moore: Playing golf can be hazardous to your health, especially when using a golf cart

According to statisticbrain.com, 9.6 percent of Americans (26 million people) have played 18 holes of golf at least once in the past 12 months. A lot of business is conducted on a golf course, but the industry itself is enormous business. According to a 2015 Forbes magazine article, it is estimated to be a nearly $70 billion industry, supporting two million jobs and $55.6 billion in annual wage income....

Bill Straub: Take Carrollton KY, a good, safe place to live (as it should be) but diverse with ‘darker’ people

Some years back, at least a quarter-century ago when the burley economy was still thriving, I spent a couple days in Carrollton to research an article on migrant labor. I recall driving toward the Ohio River at the northern edge of town one evening when I happened upon a grocery store, and not just any grocery store. It was painted in red and green and the signs out front were all in Spanish. In this...

Keven Moore: In most families, mothers are the ultimate risk management and safety professionals

As we all pause to show our appreciation to mothers this Sunday, it occurred to me how mothers are the true risk management and safety professionals in most families. From the mothers that I know, they manage risk by constantly identifying, analyzing, evaluating and treating risk while balancing the day-to-day activities of running a family. By definition, a safety and health professional is a person...