Monday, February 12, 2007

Hazards Work Pressures Add to Youth Injury Risk

Work hazards that effect injury young workers ...

Exposure to work hazards, a frenetic job pace and choice of employment increase the likelihood of injury among adolescent and young adult workers, according to a new systematic review appearing in the February issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

According to the nine studies analyzed between 1997 and 2005 – which were conducted in the United States, Canada and Australia – food service and construction industry jobs topped the list of hazardous employment among 12- to-24-year-old workers.

"These studies provide sufficient evidence that the type of work setting, in particular restaurant work and manual labor jobs, was independently associated with work injury," said lead author F. Curtis Breslin, Ph.D., a scientist at the Institute for Work and Health in Toronto.

The review results showed that the frequency and number of on-the-job hazards was significantly associated with teens' risk of injury. Common on-the-job hazards included using knives, climbing ladders or scaffolding and operating fryer machines, grills and ovens.

A consistently increased risk of injury also existed among youth who reported feeling overloaded or pressured to maintain a certain pace at work.

Male and Female Workers' Risk of Injury Similar

The review analysis found that for the most part, male and female workers have similar risks for injury, despite previous research indicating that young male workers sustain injuries at about twice the rate of female workers.

"We found that when males and females are working similar jobs, they have a similar risk for work injury," Breslin said. "Even though you have males having higher injury rates, it seems to be attributable to them being in more dangerous jobs like construction" and not to factors specifically associated with gender."    (Continued via Occupational Hazards)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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