Employees under the age of 25 are twice as likely to be injured on the job as older workers and are often uneducated about potential hazards in the workplace. Statistics show that a U.S. teenage employee is injured on the job every nine minutes. This year, more than 331 younger workers died and 106,170 were injured on the job.
Teenage workers take summer jobs that include spending time in the sun for very long periods, such as lawn maintenance, landscaping, and construction work for example. Heat related illness is a serious situation and each year a large number of workers get sick from working in high temperatures — some even die.
As temperatures increase across the country it’s important for all companies and their workers to know that ‘water, rest and shade’ are three terms that can create the distinction between life and loss of life. OSHA sponsored an app that would help workers on their job to recognize hazards and also update workers to calculate temperature with tips on how to prevent themselves from heat illness. These heat index apps are in English and in Spanish to help workers understand the hazards of heat easily.
Another common threat that young workers often face are falls from a ladders or scaffold and working near edges that are unguarded. Falls are the top cause of loss of life which is why OSHA is spreading awareness in English and Spanish to help companies and managers “Plan, Provide, Train”. This awareness campaign will help workers avoid critical falls and save lives. Learn more about OSHA fall protection campaign.
By teaching workers about their right to a safe workplace and employers about their responsibilities, OSHA’s objective is to ensure that each young individual’s first job is just the start of a long, safe and healthy profession. You can help, too, by spreading awareness among friends, family and learners so that that every young employee can say with assurance “I have a right to a safe and healthful workplace and a responsibility to work safely.”