Tuesday, May 09, 2006

ASSE Urges Teens To Be Aware Of Work Hazards

Job safety for teens ...

"As teens contemplate taking a summer job they should be aware of the fact that although most of them may work fewer hours and hold less dangerous jobs than adults, teenagers have a high rate of work-related injuries, according to the American Society of Safety Engineers. As ASSE and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials in Washington, D.C., kick off North American Occupational Safety and Health Week that runs through May 6, at the Department of Labor this morning they are urging teens to be aware of and how to address workplace hazards.

To drive home this message, an ASSE Career World insert titled “Teens At Work: Safety First!” is being distributed to students in 95,000 high schools countrywide.

Approximately 80 percent of U.S. teens work annually at some time during their high school years, many during the summer. While they earn extra money and gain valuable work experience, the risk of serious injury or even a fatal injury is present. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2004 alone, more than 38,000 teen workers were injured on the job, and another 134 were fatally injured. Workers aged 15 to 17 spend most of their work hours in food preparation and service jobs, handling stock or in labor jobs, farming, forestry or in fishing. Common injuries sustained among teens include sprains, strains, contusions, lacerations, and fractures."   continued ...   (Via Safety Online)

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