According to MassCOSH (the Massachusetts Coalition of Occupational Safety and Health), eight Massachsuetts teens have been killed at work since 2000. Many of them were performing jobs that were in violation of Child Labor Laws. On top of that, an estimated one thousand minors are treated for work-related injuries in Massachusetts emergency rooms each year.
Just in time for young people beginning summer jobs, Governor Deval Patrick has dubbed May “Safe Jobs for Youth Month” to raise awareness about the increased risk of workplace accidents among young workers who may not be aware of their rights or may be asked perform tasks which they lack the strength or experience to perform safely.
Governor Patrick’s proclamation was announced recently at a three-day youth leadership conference. Students from across Massachusetts gathered to discuss ways of decreasing Child Labor Law violations, workplace deaths, and injuries.