Having a job can be an exciting and rewarding experience for young people. But according to OSHA, people younger than 25 are 2 times as likely as older workers to be injured on the job, and more than 170,000 young workers were injured and 361 were killed at work in 2012.
This month, Safety+Health features an article on the safety of young workers. We haven’t done an article on this topic in some time, focusing instead on other areas while the poor economy left many young job-seekers struggling to find work.
Statistics show that 15- to 24-year-old workers are twice as likely as their older co-workers to end up in an emergency department for a workplace injury. What makes the workplace more dangerous for young employees, and what can safety professionals do to help?
Washington – Peer-to-peer training can help teach teens about hazards on the job, including workplace violence, OSHA administrator David Michaels said during a June 24 press event that featured a number of teen peer leaders from across the country.
New York – Many children working on U.S. tobacco farms have inadequate protective gear and suffer from symptoms associated with acute nicotine poisoning, according to a report released May 14 by Human Rights Watch.