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April 2006

STUDENTS AT WORK: SAFETY FIRST!

April 30 May 6, 2006 is North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH). The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other partners are working to focus the attention of employers, employees, the general public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace.

The focus of this years campaign is teen safety. Every job has hazards, and it is the responsibility of employers to ensure that all employees have the proper safeguards and training to keep them healthy and reduce the risk of injuries. Every year, millions of young people join the U.S. workforce for the first time in either full-time or part-time jobs. They are eager to succeed, and sometimes that enthusiasm can put them at risk of workplace injury.

Did you know that every year about 70 teenagers die from work related injuries in the United States?

Injuries occur from:
  • Unsafe equipment
  • Stressful conditions
  • Inadequate safety training
  • Inadequate supervision
  • Dangerous work that is illegal or inappropriate for youth
  • Trying to hurry
  • Alcohol and drug use
Teenagers are killed at work most often from:
  • Homicide
  • Driving or traveling as passengers in motor vehicles
  • Machine related accidents
  • Electrocution
  • Falls

For more information on how you can help reduce the risk of injuries and to protect our young workforce, please go to the following websites.


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