Every year as summer approaches and kids join the work force, many for the first time, the National Consumer League (NCL) offers its updated list of the 5 most dangerous jobs for teens, along with excellent advice for parents and teens on keeping the work experience safe. In 2011, their picks for the most dangerous teen jobs are:
- Agriculture: Harvesting Crops and Using Machinery
- Construction and Height Work
- Traveling Youth Sales Crews
- Outside Helper: Landscaping, Groundskeeping, and Lawn Service
- Driver/Operator: Forklifts, Tractors, and ATV's
The NCL notes that the five worst jobs for teens are not ranked in order. They earn their place on the list because they all share higher than normal injury or fatality rates. If you are an employer who hires teens, a parent with working age teens, or a teen workers, please take the time to look at the excellent report that the NCL has compiled.
We've compiled some additional resources for teen safety. While many are appropriate for all groups, we've sorted them by primary relevance for employers, teens, and parents.
Resources for employers
Employers need to take particular care with young workers. It's in the teens best interest and it is in every employer's best interests as well: According to HR Daily Advisor, "A recent DOL decision assessed penalties of over $277 thousand against movie theaters for employing youths in dangerous jobs and for working them illegally long hours. Have summer hiring plans? Better review youth hiring rules." The site offers two tip sheets for employers:
Summer Hiring? Watch for Tricky Child Labor Laws and Summer Jobs for Kids--Many Restrictions on Duties and Hours
OSHA: Young Workers: Employers
NIOSH: Young Worker Safety & Health
Washington's Department of Labor & Industries: Youth Job Safety Resources
Iowa: Iowa Safe Youth @ Work
California: Young Workers
Canada: Passport to Safety
CCOHS: Young Workers Zone!
KidsHealth: Making Sure Your Teen's Job is Safe
OSHA: Young Workers - Parents
DOL: Youth & Labor