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May 21, 2010

CDC Research Shows Younger Workers Need More Protection

Younger workers (ages 15-24) are twice as likely as their older counterparts to be treated in hospital emergency departments for work-related injuries. This new analysis, conducted by the CDC and NIOSH, shows that employers could do more to protect young workers from workplace hazards.

National data collected from 1998 to 2007 shows that every year some 800,000 young workers were treated in emergency departments and nearly 600 died from work-related injuries. While the injury rate for young workers was twice that of older workers, their fatality rate was lower - 3.6 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers (FTE) vs. 4.4 deaths for workers age 25 and older.

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