Work Accidents and Educating Younger Workers in the U.S.

There are close to 20 million workers in the United States who are under the age of 25.

According to, these young workers account for less than 20 percent of the country’s workforce. Yet in 2009 there were close to 400 workers between the ages of 13 and 24 who died because of injuries sustained while at work. There were also another 80,000 injuries required medical attention sustained on the job by these young employees.

The truth of the matter is that the rate of emergency room-treated work injuries is twice as high for workers under the age of 25 than for workers who are older. Workers, especially our younger ones, need to be aware of the dangers, the risks and the hazards that can be found on their job site. They also need to be aware of what preventative and safety measures can be taken so that they can protect themselves.

Our Charlotte workers compensation attorneys understand that, many times, these workers aren’t aware of their rights to a safe workplace. It’s important that we help to make sure that our young workers are safe on the job and they know their rights. Knowledge is key to preventing work accidents.
Officials with the Department of Labor (DOL) are asking young workers to get involved. They are asking teens and young adults to find a way to get work safety information out to their peers. They’re asked to use inforomation that is publicly available via the federal government. It’s a new contest and it comes with some pretty cool prizes!

Contest Rules:

-Provide your submission with tools that help to demonstrate just how important it is that you know about workplace safety and health dangers and hazards.

-This information should include educational materials to not only warn young workers about the dangers that can be found on the job, but the risks for injury and death that accompany these risks. Information from your state’s State Worker’s Compensation data, from NIOSH, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics or from OSHA are required to be incorporated into your submission.

-You must address the importance of preventative measures, like personal protection equipment (PPE) and other engineering controls.

-Provide tools that will help young workers to better understand their rights on the job.

-Submissions are asked to be creative and simple to use. They’re also asked to be cited and should target the ages of 13 to 24, but should also be able to effectively communicate the same information to workers of all ages.

There will be four prizes awarded, totaling more than $30,000. There will be 1 Grand Price, 2 Category Prices and 1 People’s Choice Award.

Contest and programs like this are so important because our young working population faces some serious risks for accidents.

If you or the young worker in your family has been injured or killed in a work accident, contact the Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Working to Protect Young Employees Over Summer Break and Beyond, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, July 20, 2012

Teens and Risks of Work Accidents in Charlotte and Elsewhere through Summer, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, July 5, 2012

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