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Young workers

Workplace hazards, and what young workers need to know

Workers younger than 25 are injured more often than older workers. Many factors contribute to this increased risk. They include the fact that young workers:

  • Are more likely to try something they don't know how to do
  • Switch jobs more frequently than adults
  • Are motivated to prove themselves
  • May not ask questions to avoid looking inexperienced

What’s a hazard?

A hazard is anything at work that can hurt you. Common nonfarm on-the-job hazards and injuries include:

  • Slips, trips, falls, strains, and sprains
  • Burns
  • Cuts
  • Eye injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Chemical exposure
  • Machinery malfunctions

What are my rights?

You have the right to work in a safe place, and to receive safety and health training. To learn more, check out our Young worker topic page.

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