YOUNG WORKER SAFETY AND HEALTH

Charts on Young Worker Employment, Injuries and Illnesses

Selected Charts on Young Worker Employment, Injuries and Illnesses

Data Overview of Young Worker Deaths and Injuries, United States

  • Deaths: 22 deaths of youth < 18 years in 2017, 15 among youth <16 years
    (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census of Fatal Injuries.)
  • Nonfatal Injuries: There is not a single source of data for nonfatal injuries and illnesses. The following are data from a variety of systems.
    • Estimated 24,500 emergency department-treated injuries among 15-17 year-olds in 2017 (Source: National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) – NIOSH Work Supplement – Work-Related Injury Statistics Query System https://wwwn.cdc.gov/wisards/workrisqs/default.aspx. NIOSH estimates that 1/3rd of work-related injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments)
    • Estimated 5,740 injuries and illnesses requiring at least one day away from work among youth 15-17 years of age in 2017. (Source: BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnessesexternal icon. https://www.bls.gov/data/#injuries)
    • Estimated 4,036 work-related injuries of youth < 20 years of age on farms in 2014 (Source: NIOSH Childhood Agricultural Injury Survey. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/childag/cais/injtables.html)

Data Overview of Young Worker Deaths and Injuries, United States
Facts of young worker deaths and nonfatal injuries from different data sources.

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Page last reviewed: October 1, 2019