Occupational fatalities among young workers in the United States: 2001–2012

Background: While adolescent workers in the United States (US) are protected by child labor laws, they continue to suffer fatal occupational injuries. This study was designed to provide a comprehensive profile of occupational fatalities among this sub-population of US workers.
Methods: Using Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data between 2001 and 2012, we calculated descriptive statistics and rates to examine the magnitude and nature of fatalities among workers under age 18.
Results: During the study period, there were 406 fatalities among young workers which translated into 24,790 years of potential life lost; 12,241 of which were in agriculture alone. Rates declined since 2001 yet Hispanics, foreign-born workers, males, and those working in agriculture continued to suffer a disproportionate fatality burden.
Conclusions: Efforts to reduce young worker fatalities should focus on male Hispanics,particularly those who are foreign-born, as well as agricultural workers as these groups have the greatest fatality risks.

Source: Kimberly J. Rauscher and Douglas J. Myers. American journal of industrial medicine, Vol. 59, no 6, June 2016, p. 445–452.

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