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Providing a safe workplace for teens.
Water Well J 2007 May; 61(5):54
Work gives teenagers a sense of responsibility, a source of income, and career training. It can also help them become more independent and mature, and desire increased challenges. There are industrial hygienists, like myself, who are specifically involved with young worker safety and health. With the summer job season just around the corner, I want to make sure that business owners, parents, and teens have the necessary tools to ensure the safety of our young workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2000), 2.9 million students from ages 15 to 17 work during the school year, and 4 million students of the same ages work during the summer. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 70% to 80% of teens who have worked for pay outside of the home during their high school years have faced hazards in the workplace. NIOSH estimates that each year in the United States, 230,000 young workers suffer work-related injuries. Of these, 77,000 require treatment in hospital emergency rooms. And sadly, an average of 67 young workers under age 18 die each year (1992-2000) of work-related injuries -- that's about one death every five days. It is estimated that an additional 100 young workers die every year from hazards associated with working on farms.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-rates; Accident-prevention; Accident-statistics; Accidents; Traumatic-injuries; Age-groups; Age-factors; Children
Journal Article; Trade
Issue of Publication
Water Well Journal
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division