OSHA promotes teen work safety at skills conference

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) partnered in a campaign to recognize National Young Worker Safety Day (NYWSD) on June 21, 2011.

The agency joined with the CareerSafe Online program to educate youths at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City. Participants in the event - an estimated 5,600 high school and college students - had the opportunity to join the NYWSD campaign, sign safety awareness pledges, and take part in educational activities.

Every five days, one U.S. teen is killed on the job, according to OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels. He added that more than 200,000 young workers are injured annually, which is a significantly higher number than other age categories.

"OSHA is partnering in this campaign to make a significant and critical impact to decrease the number of youth worker injuries and fatalities in our country," Michaels said.

Employers who hire teen workers may want to make sure they have the proper safety equipment and a first aid kit on company property and at work sites. Items such as work gloves and hard hats can help keep inexperienced laborers from sustaining serious injuries. 

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