ATLANTA, April 23 (UPI) — Employers should make greater efforts to protect younger workers — ages 15-24 — by identifying and mitigating common safety hazards, U.S. officials said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released Thursday, said the analysis shows that 800,000 younger workers were injured and more than 500 of workers in this age group were killed each year in work-related incidents from 1998-2007.
“There was a moderate decline in the rate of work injury among younger workers during this period,” the report said.
“Employers have the primary responsibility for protecting younger workers, through identifying and mitigating hazards, and ensuring that workers have the requisite training and personal protective equipment to perform their jobs safely.”
The highest fatality rate, 3.8 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalents, occurred in 1995 and 1998, while the lowest fatality rate, 2.1 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalents, was in 2006, preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.
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