Young workers more accident prone

More than 50,760 workers under 25 injured in 2006
||Last Updated: 06/26/2008

Young people are more likely to be involved in a workplace accident than other employees, according to the Institute for Work and Health.

The institute has found that adolescents and young adults are twice as likely to sustain a work injury as adults.

More than 50,760 workers under the age of 24 lost time from work after being injured on the job in 2006 and another 51 died, according to the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards. In total, young workers accounted for 15 per cent of the 329,357 lost time claims in 2006 and five per cent of the 976 deaths.