Factors associated with occupational injuries in seasonal young workers

M. Parish, D. S. Rohlman, D. L. Elliot, M. Lasarev

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Background: Younger workers are more likely to be injured on the job than older workers. Investigation tends to focus on work-related explanatory factors but often neglects non-work-related causes. Aims: To identify both work- and non-work-related factors that contribute to younger workers' injuries in seasonal work.Methods: Two surveys of a set of seasonal parks and recreation workers were conducted measuring health and safety behaviours and self-reported injuries. Results: Seventy per cent reported an injury at work over the summer. Among young workers, each additional year of age was associated with an almost 50% increase in injury rate (P < 0.05). Odds of injury in women were three times those for men (P < 0.05). We observed a linear relationship between average hours worked per week and injuries (P < 0.001). Alcohol abuse (P < 0.05) was also associated with injuries. Conclusions: Higher injury rates among younger workers in this sample is multifactorial and encompasses both work and non-work factors and suggest that more global approaches are required to address young worker safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-167
Number of pages4
JournalOccupational Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Health
  • Occupational injuries
  • Safety
  • Seasonal workers
  • Young workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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