Teens are more likely to be injured on the job than adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of work-related injuries treated in emergency departments for workers aged 15 to 19 was 2.2 times higher than for workers 25 years of age and older. There are several reasons why teen workers are at higher risk than adults.
Why Summer Jobs Can Be Dangerous for Teen Workers
Teen workers are new to the workforce. They are limited by their lack of experience when applying for work that requires a limited amount of training. Usually, these are lower-paid jobs that are compensated hourly. Depending on the employer, the young worker may only receive a minimal amount of on-the-job training in performing their work. The safety training amount may also be minimal since the employer knows the teen is only working temporarily.
Examples of Dangerous Jobs and Potential Injuries
The agricultural industry has several potential dangers. Teen workers may become injured when working with machinery, and they are at risk of falling from hay lofts or ladders. Young workers must also beware of organic dust and care when working in the heat.
Construction and outdoor work are other industries where young workers can be injured by heat stroke. They can also be injured by falls, tools, and machinery. Vehicle accidents, electricity, and noise are also potential hazards. Outdoor workers must also be aware of the effects of chemicals and pesticides.
Food service workers may be injured by knives and other sharp objects, and they may be burned by cooking oils and stovetops or slip on wet floors. There is also the risk of being robbed and injured during the commission of a crime.
Workers’ Compensation for Teen Summer Job Workers
Teens who get hurt while working at their summer jobs have the same right to receive workers’ compensation benefits as adults. They don’t have to work a certain number of hours to be eligible for medical care, income replacement, and other benefits.
Consult an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Suppose your teen has sustained injuries while working a summer job. You may have questions about a possible workers’ compensation claim or the benefits to which they may be entitled. The helpful workers’ compensation lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak have the experience required to provide assistance. Our skilled legal team is happy to answer your questions to ensure you and your teen understand their rights and all the options available.
Contact our Atlanta law office today by filling out our online form or call 404-355-2688 to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.