Work-related injuries to Massachusetts teens, 1987-1990.
Am J Ind Med 1996 Feb; 29(2):153-160
Work related injuries among workers 14 to 17 years of age in Massachusetts were characterized. Data on work related injuries to teenage workers between 1987 and 1990 were obtained from workers' compensation records. Ninety percent of the 2,551 work related injuries reported during this time in this age group occurred in those 16 to 17 years of age. The injury rate for males was about twice that for females. The majority of injuries were sprains, strains, and lacerations. Almost half of the sprain/strain injuries were to the back and approximately 80% of all lacerations were associated with the hand and/or finger. The retail trade sector accounted for slightly over half of all injuries followed by services, and manufacturing. Over half of all injuries occurred in grocery stores, restaurants/food service, health services, and department stores. The highest injury rates were seen in the manufacturing and wholesale trades and in the southeast region of the state. The authors conclude that these data support the idea that work related injuries among teenage workers constitute a serious public health problem.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Back-injuries; Hand-injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Age-factors; Sex-factors; Food-services; Grocery-stores; Department-stores; Age-groups; Retail-workers
Daniel R. Brooks, Bureau of Health Statistics, Research and Evaluation, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 150 Tremont Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02111
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Massachusetts Department of Public Health