In 2010, there were close to 400 employees who were under the age of 24 who were killed in work accident in the U.S. About 30 of these workers were under the age of 18. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were an addition 800,000 young workers who wound up in an emergency room from an injury that was sustained on the job. As a matter of fact, there is a young worker injured on the job every 9 minutes.
Our Boulder workers’ compensation lawyers understand that our younger workers are about twice as likely to be injured on the job than older, more experienced workers. It’s important that we make sure that our young workers know their rights on the job. Knowledge and awareness is one of the keys in preventing work accidents.
Young Worker Rights. You have a right to…:
-To work in a safe and healthy work area.
-To get the property health and safety training needed to complete a job.
-To receive the federal minimum wage for the hours you put in on the job.
-To get paid for medical care (for most jobs) if you’re injured or get sick on the job. You might also be eligible for work you missed because of these illnesses or injuries.
-To work without the fear of, or actually being, harassed. This includes any kind of discrimination for your sex, religion, skin color, rage, pregnancy, genetic information, disability, national origin or any other train that sets your apart.
-To request changes in your work area because of medical conditions or religious beliefs. Your views have to be respected when reasonable.
-To start or to join a union. You can join, or create, your own group of individuals to make your benefits, pay and even working conditions better.
-To offer assistance to anyone who might be investigating your work area for possible infractions dealing with workplace safety. You can’t be reprimanded for this kind of action.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed on the job, contact workers’ compensation lawyer Michael P. Dominick for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (303) 447-2644 today!