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June 3, 2004

Wenatchee workshop promotes job safety for teens

TUMWATER — A workshop scheduled for June 8 in Wenatchee will help local employers prevent on-the-job injuries to young workers. Teen workers are injured on the job twice as often as adults, causing pain and suffering for young workers and increasing costs for employers due to lost productivity and workers’ compensation expenses.

“Supervising for Safety” features L&I child labor specialist Mary Miller and is sponsored by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and Wenatchee SkillSource. It is one of a series of workshops presented statewide by L&I.

The Wenatchee workshop will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, in the Lower Level Conference Room, Wenatchee Public Library, 310 Douglas St. Participants are invited to bring their lunch or order a boxed lunch from the Cellar Café ($7). Admission to the workshop is free.

Participants may register and order a box lunch, if desired, by contacting Cindy Blaufuss at SkillSource, 509-663-3091 or cindy@skillsource.org. Questions should be directed to Teria Kelley at the Community Action Council, 509-662-6156 or teriak@cdcac.org.

The workshop will inform local business owners and managers about the special needs of young workers, rules that apply to them, basic safety requirements, and how to prevent common injuries that young workers suffer on the job. The workshops also cover teen labor laws, as well as general injury-prevention strategies that are useful for workers of all ages.

If you’re a young person with a job, employ teen workers, or are the parent of a teen worker, you can find more information about teen safety on the job and regulations covering teen workers at www.LNI.wa.gov/workplacerights/teenworkers/.


For media information: Ron Langley, L&I, 360-902-5405 or lanx235@LNI.wa.gov. Mary Miller is available for print, TV and radio interviews.


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Teenage workers are injured on the job twice as often as adults. Preventing those injuries is the goal of a workshop in Wenatchee sponsored by the Department of Labor & Industries and Wenatchee SkillSource.

The workshop on June 8 at noon at the Wenatchee Public Library will teach business owners and managers how to prevent common injuries suffered by young workers.

For more information on the free workshops, call 509-662-6156.


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