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I am sorry to say that while you may want to sue the employer for the "negligence and safety" issue, by KY law, I am afraid that when an employee receives a workplace injury the law absolutely forbids the employee from seeking anything other than workers compensation from the employer. So the law itself would forbid you from suing them for negligence or safety issues.
You can file a complaint to OSHA for the safety issues and let OSHA investigate, but by law, the employee who is injured at work is limited to only suing for workers compensation and the company knows this. If you were to make demands or threaten to sue for other than workers compensation, they know that your suit would have to be dismissed by the court under the law, so even threats of suing would not cause them to settle I am afraid.