Young Worker Safety and Health Data

Nonfatal Occupational Injuries to Younger Workers – United States, 2012-2018
This article published in the September 4, 2020 issue of the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report shows that during 2012–2018, an estimated 3.2 million nonfatal injuries to young workers were treated in hospital emergency departments, with the highest rates among workers aged 18–19 years. Data from 2018 indicate that the leisure and hospitality industry contributed the highest percentage of injuries to workers aged 15–17 years requiring at least 1 day away from work.

Occupational Injuries and Deaths Among Younger Workers — United States, 1998-2007
This article published in the April 23, 2010 issue of the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report includes fatal and nonfatal data for workers 15 to 24 years of age, with data reported specifically for workers 15 to 17 years of age. The article includes trend analyses as well as data on worker characteristics and events leading to injury and death.

Selected Charts on Young Worker Employment, Injuries and Illnesses
Chart package with data on youth employment, injuries and illnesses from a variety of data sources. These charts include currently available data as well as trend data for multiple years.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Article Summarizing Young Worker Data [PDF – 101 KB]
This article published in the October 2005 issue of the Monthly Labor Review presents detailed Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data on employment, deaths, injuries and illnesses for youth less than 18 years of age.

Data On Young Worker Injuries And Illnesses In Worker Health Chartbook, 2004
NIOSH Publication No. 2004-146, pp. 266-276
This section of the NIOSH Worker Health Chartbook describes data sources and includes downloadable charts with national data on fatal injuries, nonfatal injuries and illnesses, and data from a Massachusetts (SENSOR) case-based reporting system of work-related injuries to adolescents.

The NIOSH Work-Related Injury Statistics Query System (Work-RISQS) provides national estimates and rates of occupational injuries and illnesses treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. Data for youth can be queried by selecting the desired age group (i.e., <14, 15-17, 18-19, and/or 20-24.)

Childhood Agricultural Injury Surveillance
NIOSH webpage with a description of NIOSH surveillance of childhood agricultural injuries and data reports.

SENSOR Pesticides Database
The SENSOR-Pesticides database contains information on 5,200 acute occupational pesticide poisoning cases who were exposed between 1998-2006. Data for youth can be queried by selecting the desired aga group (i.e., <15, 15-17, 18-19, 20-24).

Blood Lead Charts
The ABLES program is a state-based surveillance program of laboratory-reported blood lead levels. Data for young workers can be charted by selecting the age group, 16-24.