Young workers, by which are meant those who between the ages of 18 and 24, run a high risk for certain types of injuries here in Florida, as elsewhere in the U.S. Or rather, there are certain injuries that young workers run just as high a risk for as older workers. It’s important to consider this as there are some 19 million workers in this demographic in this country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Slips, trips and falls
Among the most common injuries are slips, trips and falls. Young and old workers alike may trip over cables or debris, slip on a wet floor where no sign had warned them and even fall down flights of stairs because of poor lighting or a loose railing. These incidents occur on the same level while others may involve falls from elevated surfaces like ladders and scaffolding.
Cuts and burns
Cuts are especially widespread in grocery stores, delis and restaurants as workers may find themselves using utility knives, kitchen knives, food slicers and other sharp utensils. It goes without saying that many younger workers can be found in the hospitality and food service industries. These same industries can expose workers to the risk for burns.
Young people may be more likely to overexert themselves because they don’t know their physical limitations. Overexertion usually arises when workers lift boxes, crates and other heavy objects. Grocery store employees and material handlers are particularly at a high risk.
A lawyer for workers’ comp cases
Fortunately, you may be covered under workers’ compensation law for your occupational injuries. It won’t matter how old you are, though any negligence on your part may move the employer to deny your claim. With a lawyer helping you through the filing process, things may become just a little less stressful.