Preventing young worker fatalities: the Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program.
Higgins-DN; Tierney-J; Hanrahan-L
AAOHN J 2002 Nov; 50(11):508-514
During the period between 1992 through 1998, the Bureau of Labor Statistics identified an average of 67 work related deaths of individuals younger than 18 each year. This article describes the Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program and summarizes indepth data collected on 59 young worker fatalities in 26 states. These investigations were conducted between May 1986 and February 2002. Young workers ranged in age from 9 to 17 years, with a mean age of 15.3 years: 21 were working in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry; 12 in construction; 10 in manufacturing; 8 in services; and 8 in the retail industry. The majority worked as laborers. Ninety-three percent were young men. Each investigation resulted in the formulation and dissemination of strategies to help prevent future similar occurrences. As an example of state FACE activities, the article describes the Wisconsin FACE program's efforts to foster collaboration between regulatory agencies, researchers, educators, and occupational safety and health professionals, and to integrate efforts aimed at improving safety for young workers.
Children; Worker-health; Workers; Workplace-studies; Accident-rates; Accident-statistics; Accidents; Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Forestry; Forestry-workers; Fishing-industry; Construction; Construction-workers; Retail-workers; Accident-prevention
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services