For many North Carolina parents, it is a proud moment when a teen or young adult gets his or her very first job. Working can help a teen build confidence and skills that will help him or her become a productive member of society. Though these employees are younger than most of their on-the-job counterparts, they are at no less risk for a workplace injury that may warrant a workers’ compensation claim. In fact, new data suggests young workers may be especially high risk.
Recently, the CDC conducted a nationwide study to better understand the risks facing the country’s youngest employees. The results were an eye opener, because employees younger than 24 years old are about twice as likely to be injured on the job as an older, more experienced teammate. The CDC delved into further specifics to bolster this data.
According to the report, being injured by equipment on the job is the leading cause of workplace injuries in this age demographic. Cuts and puncture wounds are also quite common. A young worker may not understand his or her rights, or may be afraid to speak up when injured, not wanting to appear incapable to an employer or supervisor.
Parents and guardians can help young workers understand their rights and options when an injury occurs at work. Fortunately, help is available in the form of a friendly local attorney. An attorney can help a North Carolina worker become familiar with the laws, eligibility requirements and legal process necessary to claim workers’ compensation, and help ensure a young worker is not misled or infringed upon as he or he attempts to recover from job-related injuries.