Young Workers Twice as Prone to Workplace & Construction Accidents

A recent report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) shows that workers 24 and younger are twice as likely to suffer workplace injuries and wrongful death as other workers.

Among the most common were injuries resulting from construction accidents, such as being struck by or caught in industrial equipment. Construction was also the industry with the second highest rate of fatal accidents.

The report was an analysis of on-the-job injuries and deaths occurring between 1998 and 2007. Overall, nearly 8 million young workers were injured, with the highest rate of accidents among workers who were 18 and 19.

The most common types of accident for all workers, but particularly for young people, were being struck by or against a tool or machine, being rubbed or abraded, or being caught in or crushed in machinery.

"Employers need to ensure that their younger workers have the requisite training and personal protective equipment to perform their jobs safely," the report urged.

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