With the arrival of summer, many young Texans will find themselves on the job facing new challenges in new surroundings. While this experience benefits young workers, Texas employers should know the responsibilities associated with youth employment and take steps to keep those new workers safe.
As the state’s largest workers’ comp provider, Texas Mutual Insurance Company is committed to protecting young workers who traditionally have high rates of on the job injuries. Young workers play an important role in our economy but the pandemic and subsequent lockdown have put their long-term earning potential at risk. That’s why it’s important to create a place for them in the job sector, and to make sure they develop the skills they need to work safe and build a strong future.
An estimated 80% of all teens work (PDF) at some point during their high school years, most commonly during the summer months. Studies show a number of these workers (PDF) will end up visiting the emergency room for work-related injuries. These injuries occur for a variety of reasons, including inexperience, lack of physical, cognitive or emotional capabilities, hesitancy to ask questions and a failure to recognize workplace dangers.
In addition, young workers face many job hazards ranging from unsafe equipment to inadequate supervision. View a list of the working conditions (PDF) most likely to cause adolescent injuries, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
To protect young workers, employers should be aware of possible risks and be proactive in their approach to accident prevention. There are steps every employer can take to help young people stay safe and healthy on the job.
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Texas Mutual is committed to helping employers create a safe environment for young workers.