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Teens’ Jobs Can Be Dangerous - Even Deadly
The National Consumers League (NCL) advises that, before taking any job, teens and their parents or caregivers should discuss the type of work, the training provided, the hours spent on the job, and the level of supervision.
Every year, 200,000 young workers who are under age 18 are injured on the job in the United States. In 1999, 72 employees under age 18 died from work-related injuries. Many teens work in unsafe conditions, do not receive the training needed to stay safe on the job, or are paid "under the table" by employers who do not follow child labor laws about working hours, prohibited occupations, and use of machinery.
To alert teens and their parents to particularly dangerous jobs - and because no amount of money is worth an injury or death - NCL has listed the five most dangerous types of jobs teens should avoid:
For detailed information on this topic or on NCL, visit http://www.nclnet.org/childpr626.html. The NCL, founded in 1899, promotes the welfare of those consumers, wage earners, and income recipients least able to protect themselves and assists them in developing their own capabilities to the extent possible.
The Child Welfare League of America is a member of the Child Labor Coalition, which researches and publishes information on child labor and dangers to children.
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