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Teens at work: work-related injuries to teens in Massachusetts, 2006-2010.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Occupational Health Surveillance Program
Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2013 Spring; :1-8
Even in today's tough economy with fewer teens working than in the past, on average, over 20% of Massachusetts 15- to 17-year-olds are employed at any given point in time.(1) While work can provide benefits to teens, it can also pose health and safety risks: nationally, young workers have about twice the rate of nonfatal work-related injuries per hour worked than older workers.(2) This is partly explained by the fact that teens tend to be hired into industries that pose high risk for workers of all ages, such as restaurants and health care settings. Inexperience and lack of health and safety training are also factors. More information about where and how teens are injured at work is essential to promote safer work opportunities for youth. Since 1993, the Teens at Work: Injury Surveillance and Prevention Project (TAW) at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has tracked work-related injuries to teens under age 18 and collaborated with partners on a variety of initiatives to reduce workplace hazards and prevent injuries to working teens. Efforts by TAW appear to be making a difference. Since the start of TAW, Massachusetts has seen a decline in the rate of work-related injuries among teens - faster than the decline in the injury rate for adult workers (2011 TAW Update). As we approach 20 years of the Teens at Work Project, it is a time to both reflect on our successes and remind ourselves of the work still to be done in ensuring that teen jobs are safe and that teens have the basic health and safety skills to protect them now and in the future.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Adolescents; Surveillance-programs; Employee-health; Occupations; Information-systems; Health-care; Mortality-data; Emergency-care; Statistical-analysis; Humans; Workers; Work-environment; Traumatic-injuries; Public-health; Health-protection; Training; Risk-factors; Hazards; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Health-care; Food-services; Safety-education; Work-practices; Industrial-safety; Industrial-environment; Age-factors
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Teens at Work: Injury Surveillance and Prevention Project, 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
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Cooperative Agreement
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Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490; B20130625
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Teens at work: work-related injuries to teens in Massachusetts, 2006-2010
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health - Boston
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division