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Training Young Workers: How-To’s for Employers

We recently heard about two terribly tragic young worker fatalities in Washington and in Calgary. The first, a fifteen-year-old working near a gravel crusher, had held the job for only a month and a half. Although being investigated by Alberta Occupational Safety and Health, a co-worker reported that the victim was operating a piece of heavy equipment when something went wrong. The second fatality, in Washington State, was a nineteen-year-old working as part of a … Read More

Partnering for Safety with Young Workers

Here in Oregon, as in many other places, we communicate and collaborate with those sharing our quest to improve workplace safety, health and wellness. In the case of O[yes] – the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition – we partner with a number of organizations committed to making a positive difference in the lives of young workers. In June, David Grim, a MPH student in Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health at Oregon State University, led … Read More

Young Workers and You: Employer Survey

As discussed before on this blog, young workers between the ages of 14 and 24 are hurt on the job at twice the rate as older employees. Over a 10-year period, an estimated 7.9 million young workers were treated at emergency rooms for nonfatal injuries. Why is this? Perhaps in large part because young workers have limited job experience, or because they engage in unsafe or risky behaviors more often than older workers. Many workplace … Read More

Conversations Over Coffee: Young workers, cash and safety

Some of you have heard about my conversations with my 17-year old daughter regarding her workplace responsibility of handling cash and closing the facility alone at night. And many of us at O[yes] (Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition) routinely discuss hazards encountered by young workers, including workplace violence. I’ve got to admit, though, I’ve been a little surprised how often this topic has come up in my conversations with friends and colleagues, most who have … Read More

Keeping Young Workers Safe: What are we missing?

Perhaps you’ve heard it said that workers under the age of 25 are twice as likely to get hurt on-the-job than older workers. Throughout the U.S. and abroad, organizations such as NIOSH, OSHA and the Center for Young Worker Safety & Health lead efforts to reduce this risk. Several years ago, groups in Oregon formed O[yes], the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition. O[yes] is represented by many, including CROET, University of Oregon’s Labor Education Research … Read More

Is This Your Young Worker?

In a previous blog we shared a story about an employer committed to making work safe for its young employees. Sadly, at CROET and O[yes] we have heard other stories from young workers who haven’t been so lucky at work. Below we share words from an 18-year old Oregonian who asked to remain anonymous. Might a young person you know have a similar story? Getting a job is exciting, but it comes with a lot … Read More

Our Next Generation Construction Workers?

Last night, the Greater Portland Construction Partnership (GPCP) sponsored a thought-provoking dialogue at their quarterly meeting. A lot of folks outside the world of construction may not recognize the age gap present in this workforce, with many over 50 and fewer new entries in their twenties. We appreciate the good work of GPCP, always the proactive safety advocate,  to bring together so many important partners and leaders to address critical industry topics. Sitting on the … Read More

CROET Summer Intern: Young Worker Training

I was an intern at CROET this past summer, working in the lab of Diane Rohlman.  My project was to create a lesson plan about worker safety specifically geared towards young workers using videos submitted by high school students in Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition’s (O[yes]) “Speak Up!” video contest. By researching effective training methods and reviewing existing curricula on worker safety, I created an hour long engaging and interactive lesson plan which included four … Read More

Safety in Transportation: Increased risks for older workers?

I spent my summer internship working under OR-FACE, the Oregon Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation Program, sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). OR-FACE is a partnership between CROET and Oregon Public Health Division. For this internship I  explored the increased risks experienced by older transportation workers. With the help of Dr. Ryan Olson and Erika Zoller, I used national databases and Oregon occupational fatality cases to prepare the framework for my … Read More

Start the Conversation: New supervisor tool released

It may seem like a no-brainer that employers should give all new workers safety training. For example, it would be outrageous for someone to walk onto a flight and announce, “Good evening folks, I’m going to be your pilot today and it’s my first flight ever, so please buckle your seatbelts, sit back and enjoy the ride.” Research, however, shows as many as 80% of young workers don’t receive safety training. Despite the many positive … Read More

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