Young People and Workplace Injuries

Friday, July 02, 2010

Young people in the workplace suffer twice as many injuries as older workers. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a Centers for Disease Control study that looked at workplace injuries in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Younger people in Americas workforce are twice as likely as older workers to suffer an injury on the job that requires treatment in an emergency room.

The finding comes from a study on injuries and deaths among workers conducted by the Centers for Disease Control.

Researchers examined workplace data from 1998 through 2007. During that time, a yearly average of 570 workers between 15 and 24 died from occupational injuries.

The fatality rate for that group was 3.6 per 100,000 full-time workers, compared to 4.4 for people 25 and older.

In the same period, an estimated 7.9 million nonfatal job-related injuries to younger workers required emergency department treatment. The rate of such injures to people 15 to 24 was about two times higher.

The fatality rate for younger workers decreased about 14 percent, while nonfatal work injuries declined about 19 percent during the span.

The injury rate among younger workers may be higher because of inexperience, inadequate supervision and absence of training, researchers said.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.