Make sure Washington teens' jobs are in safe environment

Tri-City HeraldMay 8, 2014 

As teens start their summer job hunt, Washington officials are reminding teens, parents and employers about how important it is to make sure that summer job is in a safe environment.

Last year, 477 teens ages 12 to 17 were injured in the workplace, Mary E. Miller, an occupational nurse consultant with the state Department of Labor & Industries, said in a news release. There were no deaths.

Of those injured, most, about 156, worked in the food and hospitality industries and 66 worked in retail trade.

"Teens are eager to work and may not question a workplace situation that doesn't seem right," Miller said. "We're trying to ensure youth perform safe and appropriate work and employers, parents and teachers can all help."

Injuries have ranged from cuts, strains and sprains to fractures and concussions, Miller said. But the number of injuries has increased in recent years.

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