A recent study by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has found that the rate of injuries young workers suffer while doing farm labor has declined in recent years.
For young workers on farms that aren’t also their homes, the injury rate has dropped from 13.5 injuries per 1,000 workers in 2001 to 7.2 injuries per 1,000 workers in 2009 – a decrease of nearly half. The study defined “young workers” as those under age 20, and an “injury” as one that sidelined the worker for at least four hours or that required medical attention. The group examined included both young people who were hired to work on a farm and young people who were volunteering or merely visiting the farm.
Among workers under age 20 who worked on the same farm on which they lived, the overall injury rates are even lower. The study found that in 2001, 3.1 young workers per 1,000 suffered injuries on their home farms. By 2009, however, that number had dropped to 1.2 young workers per 1,000.
Workplace injuries can affect any worker at any age, and their long-term effects can be devastating. The experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. are dedicated to helping injured workers and their families get the compensation they need so they can focus on getting well. If you’ve been hurt in an on the job accident, call us today at (404) 995-3955 for a free and confidential case evaluation.