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Workers' compensation and the rights of young Arizona workers

Summer is here, and thousands of young Arizona workers start their first jobs or fill temp spots in summer jobs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds employers of their responsibilities to provide safe work environments. It is crucial for young workers to receive safety training and learn about the recognition and mitigation of safety hazards. Employers must also inform new workers of their rights to workers' compensation benefits.

Typical workplace injuries follow inadequate supervision and safety training. Unsafe equipment poses many safety hazards, often exacerbated by having young workers do jobs that are dangerous and prohibited for workers younger than 18 years. The pressure to increase productivity and work faster can lead to dangerous short cuts and also increase work stress and the chances of on-the-job injuries.

In many cases, workplace injuries are caused by industry-related risks. A significant percentage of young workers start their job experiences in the hospitality industry. Reportedly, almost a third of all employees in eating and drinking facilities, such as restaurants, are younger than 20 years old. This industry poses an endless list of safety hazards, and the lack of sufficient training leads to thousands of injuries to inexperienced workers.

The first thing injured workers need to do is to get the necessary medical treatment and then report the injury to a supervisor or employer as soon as possible. Workers with questions about the Arizona workers' compensation insurance system can get answers by consulting with an experienced attorney who can also assist with the navigation of benefits claims. The lawyer can explain to which benefits the injured worker is entitled and work to recover medical expenses, lost wages and other applicable benefits under state laws.

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