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By Michael Lynders, a student at Shelton High

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  • 12% of Connecticut teens reported having a work-related injury.

  • From 2001-2007, the annual CT Emergency Departments cost data for teen worker injuries have nearly doubled to nearly $1.4 million per year.

  • Nationally, 74% of children under age 15 who were killed on the job from 2003 to 2010 were employed in agriculture.

  • Federal regulations prohibit teens under 18 years of age from working in high-risk occupations much as manufacturing, automotive, mining, operating heavy equipment, motor vehicle driving, or as an outside helper on a motor vehicle for the purpose of transporting or delivering goods.

  • Young workers 15-24 years of age have approximately twice the rate of non-fatal injury as older workers nationally.

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