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For many teens in Massachusetts and elsewhere, having a job is an invaluable way to gain real-life work experience, explore different career paths, and make money for themselves and their families.

Unfortunately, though, many teens across the U.S. are injured on the job. In fact, teens nationwide have nearly 2x the rate of work-related injuries as compared to adults.

The Department of Public Health and our partners in the Massachusetts Youth Employment and Safety (YES) Team and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health sponsored a Safe Jobs for Youth Poster contest in which we ask Massachusetts teens to use their creative skills to craft compelling messages that address the importance of keeping teen workers safe from work-related injuries. The contest judging panels are made up of teens themselves – ensuring that messages resonate with the target audience!

Migdalia Diaz, Chief of Staff at the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, provided keynote remarks at today's State House ceremony

Migdalia Diaz, Chief of Staff at the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, provided keynote remarks at today’s State House ceremony

The 2019 Safe Jobs for Youth Poster contest resulted in a record-breaking 216 contestant posters designed by teens across the Commonwealth. A final pool of was selected by the YES Team, which was then voted on by more than 60 teens – and the winning poster was announced at an awards ceremony at the State House today.

Winning Poster

Congratulations to 17-year-old Elizabeth Trull of Rockland who designed this year’s winning poster, pictured above. Thank you, Elizabeth, for helping us to spread the word about creating safer working environments and ensuring proper preparation and supervision of teen workers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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