TUC reports 20% increase in work-related injuries and deaths for under 25s in the last five years

Almost 4,500 young people are seriously injured or killed at work every year, according to a new report by the TUC.

The study indicates 20% more young people aged under 25 are involved in work-related accidents compared with five years ago. The study listed construction accidents such as falling from height and scaffolding-related incidents as among the most problematic.

The report reveals that across all industries at least 4,424 young people aged 16-24 were killed or seriously injured at work between 2004 and 2005, compared with 3,656 between 2000 and 2001.

According to the TUC, 12 died and 15,000 were forced off work for more than three days.