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  • Young Worker Injuries












  • Young Worker Injuries

    Research surveys of students and parents suggest that 70% to 80% of teens have worked for pay at some time during their high school years. Between 1996 and 1998, a monthly average of 2.9 million workers aged 15 to 17 worked during school months, and 4.0 million worked during summer months. Workers aged 15 to 17 spend the most work hours in food preparation and service jobs, stock handler or laborer jobs, administrative support jobs, and farming, forestry, or fishing jobs.

    Developmental factors in young workers and the nature of their employment may increase their risk of injury or illness on the job:

      Young workers commonly perform tasks outside their usual work assignments for which they may not have received training.

      Young workers may lack the experience and physical and emotional maturity needed for certain tasks.

      Young workers may be unfamiliar with work requirements and safe operating procedures for certain tasks.

      Young workers may not know their legal rights and may not know which work tasks are prohibited by child labor laws.

      Young workers are experiencing rapid growth of organ and musculoskeletal systems, which may make them more likely to be harmed by exposure to hazardous substances or to develop cumulative trau ma disorders.

      Young workers may be exposed to suspected asthma-causing agents and substances that disrupt the function or maturation of the endocrine and central nervous systems.
    Fatalities

    According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 603 workers under age 18 suffered fatal occupational injuries between 1992 and 2000, an average of 67 per year. Of these, 362 were aged 16 or 17, 119 were aged 14 or 15, and 122 were under age 14. More than 30% of all fatal injuries to young workers occurred in family businesses. Figure 1 shows the percentage of work-related deaths among young workers by industry. The events in which young workers were killed were similar to those for workers of all ages.

    Nonfatal Injuries

    The two primary sources of information about nonfatal injuries to young workers are the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), based on hospital emergency department data, and the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), an annual survey of employers conducted by the BLS. Using NEISS, NIOSH estimated that 77,000 young workers under age 18 required treatment in hospital emergency departments for work-related injuries during 1998. However, information from national surveys indicates that only one-third of workrelated injuries are seen in emergency departments; therefore it is likely that nearly 230,000 teens suffered workrelated injuries that year.

    According to emergency department data, workers aged 15 to 17 had a substantially higher rate of work-related injuries or illnesses in 1998 than did all workers aged 15 or older: 4.9 per 100 versus 2.9 per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers.

    SOII data show that compared with adult workers, injuries to young workers result in slightly fewer days away from work. However, injury severity for young workers may be underestimated because days away from work are counted only if the injured worker was scheduled to work on those days. Since young workers tend to work part-time or for shorter durations, injuries among young workers may on average be more severe than the days-away-from-work data suggest. Furthermore, the impact of work-related injuries for young workers extends beyond their work lives. A study of young workers treated in emergency departments for work-related injuries found that 52% missed scheduled work, 45% needed a prescription medication, 38% felt they were permanently injured in some way, and 33% were restricted in their normal home activities.



    This information came from a
    CDC online article.

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