Thousands of Teen Worker Injuries Each Year, Including Youth Job Deaths

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Workplace injuries do not only happen to adults, and new research has raised serious concerns about teen worker safety. According to a recent report, there were approximately 20,000 teen worker injuries in 2010, including 88 fatalities due to on-the-job injuries at privately owned companies.

"Georgia law gives injured workers seeking to file a Workers' Compensation Claim certain rights," says Hays

Workplace injuries do not only happen to adults, and new research has raised serious concerns about teen worker safety. According to a recent report that appeared in HealthDay News, researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health found that there were approximately 20,000 teen worker injuries in 2010, including 88 fatalities due to on-the-job injuries at privately owned companies.

Teen workplace deaths and injuries can be the result of poorly regulated work environments, defective work equipment or insufficient training. Young worker job injuries have many causes, from construction work accidents and on-the-job car accidents to office work carpal tunnel syndrome and restaurant job burns. Researchers found that, of all the jobs teens do, farming is particularly hazardous. "From a fatality standpoint, farm work is the most dangerous occupation for kids," said study author Carol Runyan in a University of Colorado news release. "In farm work, youths are working around heavy equipment, digging and cutting with sharp implements. There are deaths almost every year from young people suffocating in grain bins."

The understanding and diligent Atlanta Georgia personal injury attorneys at Gary Martin Hays & Associates know that young workers can be vulnerable to injury in every type of industry. In addition, many teen job injuries and fatalities can be a third party work injury and it is important for young workers and their families to know their rights.

"Georgia law gives injured workers seeking to file a Workers' Compensation Claim certain rights," says Hays. "Some employers might not tell their workers about their rights, which may entitle them to medical benefits or wage benefits, depending on the nature and extent of the workplace injury."
Child labor laws are also a factor, and yet in certain industries and smaller businesses they are not followed and are, in some cases, frequently ignored. "We don't tend to think of child labor as a major issue in the U.S., but we should," says Runyan. "Laws governing the employment of youth ages 14 to 17 in this country are often very lenient and, in the case of family farms, virtually non-existent."

The CSPH study shows that 26 percent of employees younger than 18 worked at least part of their work day without adult supervision and up to a third reported having had no safety or health training. In light of the high rate of teen job-related accidents and injuries, these statistics should be heeded by all employers considering hiring young people to work in their establishment.
Young workers are less experienced and more likely to suffer teenage job accident injuries. The dedicated Atlanta, Georgia personal injury attorneys Gary Martin Hays & Associates can help young workplace injury victims and their families. If you or a teen you know was injured on the job, call 1-800-898-HAYS or fill out our online contact form.

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