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Safe work for youth in construction: information for employers.

Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2004-113, 2003 Dec; :1-8
Youth who are under 18 years old can be an asset to your workforce. They are enthusiastic and eager to learn. However, like other new and inexperienced workers, these young workers can be injured on the job when they don't receive adequate safety training and supervision. Some injuries have a lifelong impact, and some are even fatal. Furthermore, on-the-job injuries to young workers can be costly. Young workers get hurt when: they take on jobs for which they're not trained sometimes without being asked; they don't have appropriate supervision; they work with dangerous tools or equipment; and they perform tasks that violate youth employment laws. Work on a construction site is especially hazardous. In fact, the construction industry, which employs less than 3% of all young workers, ranks 3rd in the number of work-related fatalities to youth - at 14% of all occupational deaths to youth under 18.
Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-materials; Construction-workers; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Work-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Mortality-data; Age-factors; Age-groups; Regulations; Safety-education; Child-labor
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2004-113
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Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division