Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features a reminder from Washington L&I that as Summer starts and many teenagers get their first jobs, they along with their parents and employers all have important roles in worker safety.
L&I noted that young workers have a higher rate of getting hurt on the job than older adults, with the number of teen workplace injuries on the rise since 2010. In 2015 there were 635 work-related injuries to teens age 17 and under reported in the state, with most injuries occurring in the retail and food service verticals, and cuts, sprains and strains, and back injuries making up nearly half of all injuries reported. As part of the Governor’s proclamation of May as “Safe Jobs for Youth Month”, L&I is giving presentations to to teenagers in schools around the state, and providing online resources as well.
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