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Young workers behind the wheel: NIOSH develops resources for parents and employers

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Washington – Recently released educational materials from NIOSH explore ways to help keep young drivers in the workforce safe.

Intended for employers and parents of workers between 16 and 24 years old, the materials include resources, strategies, checklists and recommendations that offer guidance for helping young drivers recognize and respond to traffic risks. NIOSH also provides information regarding how labor laws may affect young workers who drive as part of their jobs.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, 470 workers ages 16 to 24 died in work-related motor vehicle crashes from 2011 to 2015. That figure accounted for 26 percent of all work-related deaths among that age group during those years.

“Young drivers have the highest crash rate, based on miles driven, in the general population,” NIOSH states.

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