Man shares about potential of workplace accidents with teens

Teenagers in California and around the country often anticipate getting their first job. They can't wait to earn money to spend on a variety of things, such as buying a car or the latest smartphone. Teens may view themselves as more of adult when they have a job. However, it is unlikely that many of them perceive that they will experience workplace accidents. A former mill worker in another state shares his story with hopes that other teens will not experience the trauma he once did as an employee.

The man was working on his job years ago when his arm got caught in the machine he was using. His lower arm had to be amputated as a result of the accident. He bluntly shares his experience at local high schools to promote safety in the workplace.

Statistics show that teens are more likely to be injured at jobs in food service and retail. This is likely because there are simply more people working patronizing those establishments, and therefore, they have more employees on staff. The potential for injury is greater because of the greater volume of people.

The injured man hopes that teens will always speak up at a job site. It is better to leave the job if an employer has created an unsafe work environment. Parental involvement is also important in stressing safe work habits when teens are active in the workforce.

When California residents are involved in workplace accidents, it is important for them to understand their options. Many choose to contact a workers' compensation attorney assistance in obtaining workers' compensation benefits or other legal recourse. An experienced lawyer will work with clients to achieve the most favorable outcome in a case.

Source:, "The workplace can be a dangerous place for teens", Herb Weisbaum, June 13,

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