Definition: Approximately 2.3 million adolescents aged 16 to 17 years worked in the U.S. in 2007. Young workers have unique and substantial risks for work-related injuries and illnesses dues to their biologic, social, and economic characteristics.
According to NIOSH,
Young workers who are low income, immigrant, urban, or have developmental and learning disabilities may incur injury and death at higher rates in the workplace.
Adequately trained young workers are less likely to be injured on the job. New young workers need a basic understanding of workplace hazards, how to work safely and what to do if their work is unsafe. Outreach to vulnerable populations should be a priority as they are most at risk.