Over the course of six months, we reviewed thousands of pages of fatality investigations and dozens of federal reports to conclude that Kentucky is failing its workers in how it investigates deaths on the job. Representatives of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet declined repeated requests for comment, as did representatives of U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA program.
Reporters/producers: Eleanor Klibanoff, Jeff Young and Jim Morris
Data analysis: Eleanor Klibanoff and Alexandra Kanik
Editing: Kate Howard and Erica Peterson
Website: Alexandra Kanik
Photos: J. Tyler Franklin and Michelle Hanks
Legal: Jon Fleischaker and Michael Abate
Eleanor Klibanoff is a reporter with the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit investigative newsroom at WFPL News in Louisville, Kentucky. She joined the team in 2017.
She previously worked at Keystone Crossroads, a public radio project covering urban decline and recovery in the Rust Belt. She was a Kroc Fellow at NPR and a recipient of a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant to cover maternal healthcare in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Originally from Atlanta, Klibanoff graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in Political Communication.
Jeff Young is the managing editor of the Ohio Valley ReSource, a regional journalism collaborative anchored at Louisville Public Media.
Young has reported from Appalachian coalfields, Capitol Hill, and New England’s coast, among other places. Jeff worked for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and was Washington correspondent for the nationally distributed program Living on Earth. Recently, he directed communications for ocean conservation with The Pew Charitable Trusts in Boston. Jeff grew up near Huntington, West Virginia, and studied journalism and biology at Marshall University and the University of Charleston. His reporting has been recognized with numerous awards and he was named a 2012 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University.
Jim Morris is managing editor for environment and workers' rights at the Center for Public Integrity. A journalist since 1978, Morris has won more than 80 awards for his work, including the George Polk award, the Sidney Hillman award, three National Association of Science Writers awards, two Edward R. Murrow awards and five Texas Headliners awards. He helped edit the Center's first Pulitzer Prize-winning project, "Breathless and Burdened," a 2013 investigation into the deeply flawed federal black-lung benefits system for coal miners. Morris has worked for newspapers in Texas and California as well as publications such as U.S. News & World Report and Congressional Quarterly in Washington.