Young Workers at Risk for Occupational Injury

Teenage and young adult workers account for a significant portion of New Jersey’s workforce. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young workers may be more susceptible to on-the-job injuries than their adult coworkers for a number of reasons. However, many young workers are unaware of their legal rights. Most young workers are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits after suffering a work-related illness or injury.


According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), every nine minutes a teenager is hurt on the job. Many of these teenagers work part-time jobs during the school year, and full-time during the summer months. Often, employers will specifically seek out young employees because they will work for less pay than their adult counterparts who are burdened with family obligations. Teen employees are also likely to have few expectations about advancing in their position. Common industries that employ large numbers of young workers include agriculture, retail, and construction.


OSHA and the CDC have identified a number of factors that make young people particularly susceptible to workplace injuries.

  • Young people tend to lack the experience and physical and emotional maturity needed for performing certain tasks.
  • Young workers are more likely to perform tasks outside their usual work assignments for which they have not received any training.
  • Young workers may not be familiar with safe operating procedures for certain tasks.
  • Young workers are still developing physically, which can make them more likely to be harmed by exposure to dangerous substances or to develop trauma disorders. This is particularly true for middle school and high school aged workers.
  • In general, young people tend to minimize risks and act impulsively.


These factors put young workers at risk for all types of work-related injuries. The CDC has identified the most common causes of fatality for young workers:

  • Transportation incidents
  • Contact with objects and equipment
  • Assaults and violent acts
  • Exposure to harmful substances and environments
  • Falls


As a result of these troubling issues, the United States Public Health Service has undertaken an important objective—it is attempting to reduce the rate of emergency room injuries for workers between the ages of 15 to 19 by ten percent before the year 2020.


New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Shebell & Shebell Represent Young Workers Who Have Been Injured On-The-Job


Whether you are a full-time, part-time or temporary employee, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured on-the-job, call the seasoned New Jersey Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Shebell & Shebell at 866-957-5237, or contact us online.

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