Monday, August 28, 2006

Teen Worker Injuries a 'Significant Health Problem'

Teen safety still a problem in the workplace ...

"A survey of 6,810 teens found that more than half of them worked, and 514 of them had been injured on the job.

"The findings from this study clearly indicate that work-related injuries among youth are a significant health problem," explain Kristina Zierold, Ph.D., assistant professor of family and community medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and Henry Anderson, M.D., chief medical officer of the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.

The authors of the study, which was published in the American Journal of Health Behavior and funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, report that 150 of the teens were injured severely enough that activities at home, work or school were affected for more than three days, and 97 filed for workers' compensation.

Among the reasons why teen workers suffer on-the-job injuries is a lack of safety training, the authors point out. For many teen workers, on-the-job training is provided by a co-worker."   (Continued via Occupational Hazards)   [Ergonomics Resources]

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Anonymous Jumbie said...

It's interesting to see they factored "lack of Training" as a main contributor to this... from personal experience (when I was a teen and having employed teens) I know all to well that in their haste to get the job done, they sometimes overlook safety procedures.

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