249919 Injury severity among working teenagers as related to safety training

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Teresa McGeeney, BA , Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Louisville - School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Louisville, KY
Erin Welsh, BS , School of Public Health and Information Sciences; Department of Epidemiology, University of Louisville, Lousiville, KY
Kristina Zierold, PhD, MS , Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Louisville, KY
Purpose: Teenagers have twice the risk of occupational injury as adult workers, and sustain an estimated 230,000 injuries per year. Safety training has been suggested as a means of injury prevention, but little research on safety training exists. This study aimed to describe the safety training that teenagers receive, and identify the associations between training methods and injury. Methods: Data was collected from teenagers attending public high schools in Jefferson County, Kentucky. This study involved both qualitative methods and quantitative methods of data collection. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with 42 teens in April-May 2010. A survey of over 3,000 students was completed in January-February 2011. Results: Forty-two teenagers were interviewed, of which 52% had been injured at their current job and 48% worried about getting hurt at work. Most teens reported receiving safety training before starting work. Many of those interviewed reported watching videos and taking quizzes for their safety training. Several found this type of training “boring”, and a number voiced the need for hands-on training, and “actually going through the motions” before working alone. Recently collected data will help to determine associations between injury prevalence, the severity of injury, and safety training. Conclusions: Safety training may be a powerful way to reduce injury rates among working teenagers, but it is essential that effective, age-appropriate methods be used. This study is the first to define the amount, methods, and quality of safety training received by working teenagers and to assess its role in injury prevention.

Learning Areas:
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the methods of safety training that teenagers report that they have received and describe the differences by jobs, ages, genders, and races. 2. Explain the relationships between safety training methods and prevalence of injury in a diverse group of working teenagers. 3. Determine if severity of injury is affected by safety training methods.

Keywords: Youth at Work, Injury Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I was involved in several aspects of this project including: assisting with data collection, data analysis and interpretation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.