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Reducing Work-Related Injuries When one sees the number of teenagers work-related injuries they may become very appalled Young workers face numerous safety and health hazards on the job Because of inexperience and other such factors teenagers end up being hospitalized and missing school because of their injuries There are however several ways in which the employer can help reduce these risks One would never believe all the dangers that young workers have to face at their place of employment Among these are falling on the same level overexertion in lifting being struck by a slipping handheld object getting caught in machinery or equipment as well as coming in contact with hot objects or substances Most of these work-related injuries take place at grocery stores and eating and drinking places Among these places hospitals and department stores are also known to have caused injuries such as these Table In Massachusetts for example high school students reported that they were using cleaning chemicals ladders food slicers and box crushers at work even though child labor laws prohibit anyone under the age of 18 to use food slicers of box crushers National Academy Press Young workers face an even greater risk They are often hired in places where there is little opportunity for promotion a high turnover rate hardly any training at all uncertain and great variation in hours and basically no benefits at all Young workers also dont receive an adequate amount of safety training or in some places none at all Half of the young workers who were surveyed said that they received no safety training at all The lack of adult supervision also leads to occupational injuries About 80 of all work-related injuries occur when there is no supervision by an adult Young workers also are faced with schedules involving long hours either late at night or early in the morning This may lead to fatigue which in turn increases the likeliness of
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