For younger workers, there are a vast number of dangers in the workplace that may result in an injury or fatality. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration addressed some of the workplace dangers that younger employees may encounter while performing job duties in a variety of fields. For example, someone working in a San Bernardino restaurant may slip on the floor or suffer an injury due to kitchen equipment. That said, traffic accidents involving young workers claim an upsetting number of lives every year.
Other problem areas include suffering from electrical shock, lifting heavy objects and using dangerous chemicals. In the construction industry, falling is a major concern and workers across various occupations should watch out for injuries associated with repetitive motions. Those who are younger may suffer an injury because they are stressed out, pushed to work quicker, left unsupervised or untrained.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number one cause of worker deaths for those who are 16 to 24 is traffic accidents. In fact, young adults and teenagers have a greater rate of fatal accidents than all other age groups. Sadly, more than 800 workers who were between the ages of 16 years old and 24 years old passed away in traffic accidents that took place while they were on-the-job. For the families of workers who pass away, taking a look at different options is important. Meanwhile, for workers who sustain an injury, it is crucial to develop an understanding of which resources are available, such as workers’ compensation.