Today, regulators and safety advocates across the U.S. are celebrating National Young Worker Safety Day to help educate younger workers, informing them that they have the same rights as any other worker.
While OSHA and other agencies are hoping to teach young workers how to stand up for their rights, safety advocates are focused on helping young workers identify and avoid workplace hazards so they can stay safe on the job.
Speaking to the importance of National Young Worker Safety Day, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, has stated:
Safety is a foundation that every workplace should be built on because all workers have the right to return home at the end of the day healthy and safe, regardless of their age or how long they are on the job…Young workers are new to the job so it’s especially important that employers make sure they receive the training and protective gear they need to stay safe on the job.
How Often Young Workers Are Getting Hurt on the Job
According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), “young people are often among the most vulnerable members of our nation’s workforce.” Taking a look at the statistics related to younger worker injury rates helps elucidate this point. In fact, as the DOL has revealed:
- About every 9 minutes, an American teen is injured on the job.
- Workers who are younger than 25 are about two times more likely than older workers to be hurt at work.
- More than 330 young workers died in fatal work accidents in 2013 (the most recent year for which complete statistics are now available).
A Closer Look at the Risks Young Workers Face on the Job
Different jobs come with different safety risks. For younger workers in the U.S. workforce who typically work during the summer (i.e., seasonally), however, some specific job-related risks they can face include (but are not limited to):
- Heat exposure, especially if they work outdoors during the summertime – To combat this risk, OSHA is reminding young workers to remember that Water, Rest, Shade can protect them from the possibly life-threatening complications associated with heat illnesses.
- Falling accidents, particularly for those who work in the construction industry, roofing industry or any occupation that requires them to work at heights – To reduce the risk of falls, OSHA is reminding these young workers and their employers to Plan, Provide, Train to save lives.
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