OSHA Explains the Rights of Young Workers

With teens in Atlanta done with school for the summer, many young people are finding temporary jobs.  Some of the work that young people are likely to do can be very dangerous work.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has provided a summary of some of the common risks that young workers face and has offered some information to teens about their rights in the workplace. man-at-work-1062011-m

Workers of all ages have the right to a safe work environment and to benefits and compensation if they get hurt on-the-job. An Atlanta work injury lawyer at Parsons & Associates, P.C. can help teen workers and their families with a workers’ compensation claim or other workplace injury case after an accident happens.

OSHA Explains the Rights of Teens in the Workplace

According to OSHA, there were 335 young workers killed on the job over the course of 2013. A teenager working in the United States gets hurt an average of once every nine minutes and workers under the age of 25 are twice as likely as older workers to be hurt while they are doing their jobs.

Teens commonly work in certain industries when they get their summer job, including fast food and landscaping.  Both professions can present dangers, like burns and slip and falls in a fast food environment.  OSHA specifically works teens working in landscaping that they are in danger of heat illness if they spend several hours in the sun.  Employers and employees should follow the practice of Water, Rest, Shade when teens are working outdoors in the landscaping industry. Drinking enough water, trying to stay out of direct sunlight and taking breaks could mean the difference between life and death.

Landscaping work can also put teen workers in danger of exposure to pesticides and to injuries caused by equipment.  The Environmental Protection Agency has a comprehensive safety guide for teens working in landscaping, greenhouses and nurseries. The focus is on preventing slips and trips, electrical shock, heat stress, illnesses due to pesticide exposure, and injuries caused by the use of mowers and other equipment.

While working around pesticides, teens should wear a hat, long pants, a shirt with long sleeves, and sturdy shoes to try to minimize exposure.  Mixing, loading, applying, and all handling of pesticides is prohibited unless special training is provided and unless all protective equipment listed on the pesticide label is also offered.  Clothing worn when working with pesticides should be washed separately from other laundry and any pesticides that are spilled onto or come in contact with the skin should be washed off with water immediately.

While using trimmers and mowers, teen workers should be sure to wear appropriate protective gear including safety goggles, ear plugs, and boots to provide protection.  Objects like stones should be picked up from the lawn before mowing to avoid injuries caused by flying objects.

While following these safety tips can help teens safe during summer jobs, there is still a risk of injury. If a young person gets hurt, they should be entitled to workers’ compensation coverage.  Call Parsons & Associates, PLLC today to speak with a lawyer who can help make a claim.

Parsons & Associates, P.C. is an Atlanta workers’ compensation law firm serving Atlanta, Savannah, and surrounding areas throughout Fulton County. Contact Parsons & Associates, P.C. today at 770-422-9000 or contact us online if you have been injured at work.