Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the Washington Department of Labor & Industries advisory that summer often means first jobs for teens and young adults, but can also mean on-the-job injuries for these new workers, who are hurt in Washington at a rate significantly higher than older adults.
Most injuries to young workers resulted from slips and falls, contact with hot surfaces such as a stove or oven, or being hit by a falling object – all of which are preventable. L&I also wants young workers to know their rights on the job, and is encouraging parents to talk with teens about what specifically they’re doing at work, training they’ve received, and speaking up if they’re asked to do something they feel is unsafe. L&I also has ongoing efforts to raise awareness about workplace teen safety, including a speaker program and resources on their site.
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