Posted On: July 24, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

NIOSH Says Young Workers Have Higher Risk of Injury on the Job

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has issued a new report stating that young workers, ages 15 – 24, are twice as likely to sustain nonfatal injuries on the job. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the agency summarized its findings based on an examination of work injuries involving young people that occurred between 1998 and 2007.

While there was a 19% drop in the nonfatal injury rate for young people, almost 8 million young workers still received medical care for their work injuries. Workers in the 18-19 age group had the highest nonfatal injury rate of all. 5,719 young employees died from their work injuries.

Other findings from the report:
• Events involving contact with objects or equipment were the ones that most often resulted in work injuries for young workers.
• Young workers had a twofold greater fatally rate than their older counterparts.
• Young Hispanic workers had a higher fatality rate than their Black and White counterpart.
• Most fatal work injuries involving young employees occurred in the areas of construction, service, agriculture, wholesale and retail trade, and industry.

Chicago, Illinois Workers Compensation

Cook County employers have a responsibility to make sure that workers, both young and old, are trained to do their jobs properly and safely. Employees must also be given the proper protective gear and clothing.

NIOSH: Injury Rate Among Young Workers Significantly Higher, Risk and Insurance, July 8, 2010

NIOSH Alert: Preventing Deaths, Injuries and Illnesses of Young Workers, CDC

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Act

ASSE: Teens More Likely to Be Injured, AHS Today, June 29, 2007

If your son or daughter was injured on the job, it is likely his/her employer’s responsibility to pay Illinois workers’ compensation. Who or what caused a work accident shouldn’t be a factor in whether or not your child should get work injury benefits. Should any problems or doubts arise, an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation law firm can make sure that your child is getting all of the work injury benefits that he or she is owed. That said, if there were third parties who contributed to causing a work accident or illness, a Chicago injury lawyer can help determine whether there are grounds for a third party lawsuit.

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