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Young workers’ safety: Heed OSHA’s campaign

Workers under age 25 are twice as likely to end up in the emergency room as those 25 and older, according to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new campaign aimed at protecting young workers. Every nine minutes a US teen worker gets hurt on the job, and 335 young workers were killed 2013.

Using the slogan, “Young Workers — You have rights!,” OSHA’s campaign features a website [1] with resources for employers as well as young workers and parents and educators.

Many young workers are also temporary workers and host employers must treat temporary workers as they treat existing workers, especially including adequate training to young temporary workers, according to OSHA. Temporary staffing agencies and host employers share control over the employee, and are therefore jointly responsible for the temp employee’s safety and health.

OSHA outlined employer responsibilities for young workers: