NOTES: The incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time equivalent workers and were calculated as follows: (N/EH) × 200,000, where N = number of injuries and illnesses; EH = total hours worked by all employees during the calendar year; and 200,000 = base for 100 full-time equivalent workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year). Lost workday cases involve injuries or illnesses that result in days away from work or days of restricted work activity or both.
gency department visits by children and adolescents. The highest rate of injury-related visits occurred among 15-to 17-year-olds (H.B. Weiss et al., 1997).
Occupational injuries and illnesses among young people have typically been overlooked in pediatric health care and pediatric public health. At the same time, occupational health experts have generally focused on the health and safety of adult workers. Consequently, until quite recently, the scientific literature has been notably silent on the subject of occupational injuries and illnesses among children and adolescents. Although information remains limited, a