Every year in the U.S. youth are either injured or die from work related injuries. Approximately 70,000 youth end up in the ER with work related injuries while another 70 die every year. It is most common for these injuries to occur in the first 6 months of the job. Many injuries are due to job duties that are illegal for them to do or from inadequate training.

Age Restrictions (Laws that protect teens from doing dangerous work)

No Worker Under 18 May:

-Drive a motor vehicle as a regular part of the job or operate a forklift at anytime.

-Operate many types of powered equipment (like meat slicer, circular saw, bakery machine)

-Work in wrecking, demolition, excavation or roofing.

-Work in mining, logging or a sawmill.

-Work in meat packing or slaughtering.

-Work where there is exposure to radiation.

-Work where explosives are manufactured or stored.

 

No Worker 14 or 15 Years May:

-Bake or cook on the job (except at a serving counter)

-Operate power-driven machinery, except certain types which pose little hazard such those used in offices.

-Work on a ladder or scaffold.

-Work in warehouses.

-Work in construction, building or manufacturing.

-Load or unload a truck, railroad car or conveyor.

Resources: NIOSH & OSHA

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/adoldoc.html