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    Young Workers

    Last updated on September 24th, 2021 at 09:12 am

    AgriSafe seeks to work with youth and young workers performing farm work. The latest data shows that in 2014 an estimated 893,000 youth under 20 years of age resided on farms, with about 454,000 youth performing farm work. In addition to those youth who live on farms, an estimated 266,000 youth were hired to work on US farms in 2014 (NIOSH). According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), every day, injuries account for about 100 agricultural workers suffers a lost-work-time injury.

    According to the Department of Labor’s Employers Guide to Young Workers, young agricultural workers are faced with the same hazards as adults. Young workers may perform tasks that are inappropriate for their age. Compared to adults, young workers may lack work experience, physical size and strength, and attention to task. Operating equipment is especially hazardous for young workers. Scientific studies indicate the human brain is not fully developed until 21 or 22 years of age; therefore, logic and decision-making skills may not be fully developed in the younger worker.

    AgriSafe offers the Invest in Your Health train the trainer series designed for teachers, Extension staff, 4H and FFA leaders and others who work with young adults.


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    Page updated: July 2021