Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Survey Highlights Dangers in Teen Jobs

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Survey Highlights Dangers in Teen Jobs

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According to a recently released survey, teen workers in the United States are confronted with a constant barrage of workplace hazards, ranging from risky tasks to working long hours during the school week.

The national survey--the results of which are published in the March 1 issue of Pediatrics--queried 928 teenage workers. Of those, 52 percent of boys and 43 percent of girls reported using dangerous equipment such as box crushers and slicers. Survey respondents also reported having to serve and sell alcohol in places where it is consumed--despite federal child labor laws prohibiting these practices.

According to the survey, females (84 percent) were more likely than males (61 percent) to handle cash in their jobs, exposing them to risks associated with robberies. Homicides during robberies were the cause of up to half of all youth fatalities in retail trade.

"Many teenagers start working at an early age, and most find jobs in retail or service industries," said lead study author Carol Runyan, Ph.D., director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. …

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