Contest for New Technology to Inform Young Workers

Developers, students and anyone else who’s good with a computer has been invited by the U.S. Department of Labor to enter the Workplace Safety and Health Challenge.

Officials are looking for a tool that can help to effectively demonstrate the importance of recognizing and working to prevent on-the-job dangers for young people across the country. Safety advocates are also asking designers to help young workers to understand their rights in the workplace. If you want to enter, all you have to do is create a tool that can be used on smartphones and Internet browsers, or even one just for social media platforms. You have until the 30th of November to do so. You can make this a game, you can make it an app, or you can make it a social game.
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“New technologies have the promise of making our safety and health resources even more accessible for workers and employers,” said the assistant secretary of labor OSH, Dr. David Michaels.

Our Greensboro workers’ compensation lawyers understand how critical it is to make sure that our young workers are well aware of their rights and their responsibilities on the job. All too often, these workers are hesitant to speak up about work and safety concerns in fear of causing a commotion or being disciplined. The truth of the matter is that voicing these kinds of concerns should be encouraged. Employers are not allowed, federally, to take disciplinary actions against an employee for discussing safe work practices and other similar topics.

In 2010, there were close to 18 million workers who were under the age of 24 in the U.S. These workers account for close to 15 percent of the workforce nationwide. These workers are also at some serious risks for work accidents because of their inexperience and their unfamiliarity with their rights. In 2009, there were close to 400 workers under the age of 24 who were killed because of injuries sustained on the job. Close to 50 of these fatalities involved workers who were under the age of 18. In addition to these fatalities, there were another 800,000 young workers injured on the job during this time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Each Submission for the Worker Safety and Health Challenge Must:

-Demonstrate the importance of being educated in workplace health and safety hazards.

-Inform these young workers about common hazards that can be found on the job.

-Inform young employees about the consequences of on-the-job injuries.

-Youth work accident, injuries and fatalities statistics from OSHA.

-Must address state workers’ compensation programs and/or other government sources.

Make sure you talk with your teen about their rights on the job. Being an educated worker can help to reduce your risks of a work accident and can help to make the workplace safer!

Have you or your teen been injured on the job? Contact the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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OSHA Steps Up Training and Education Programs Nationwide, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, October 18, 2012

Mohawk Cited for Explosion Dangers by OSHA Officials, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, October 16, 2012

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