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Many Teens Exposed To Work-Related Hazards

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Work-Related Dangers for Teens

In the national study, "Work-Related Hazards and Workplace Safety of U.S. Adolescents Employed in the Retail and Service Sectors," 928 teenage workers, 14 to 18 years old, were interviewed by telephone about their work environments.

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Results indicated that not only are teens exposed to multiple workplace hazards and work long hours during the school week, 52 percent of males and 43 percent of females use dangerous equipment such as box crushers and slicers, or serve and sell alcohol where it is consumed, despite federal child labor laws.

In addition, more females than males are involved in cash handling (84 percent vs. 61 percent) leaving them exposed to risks associated with robberies.

Helpful information on teen worker rights is available from the federal government, non-profit organizations, and state agencies.