Friday, June 30, 2006

Group Warns Teens To Steer Clear of Five Worst Jobs

Teenagers should avoid dangerous jobs ...

"Summer has begun and teens everywhere are looking for ways to enter the work force. But according to the National Consumers League (NCL), which on June 21 released its list of the Five Worst Teen Jobs in 2006, young adults should be careful about the types of jobs they take.

Darlene Adkins, NCL vice president for fair labor standards policy, called for parents and teens alike to consider safety in summer youth employment.

"Don't let a summer dream job turn into a nightmare experience," said Adkins. "It's great to find a job, earn a little money to save and spend. But there's more to consider than a paycheck. First consider how to stay safe on the job."

The potential for injury on the job, especially for teenagers, is a serious one. Every 30 seconds, a young worker is injured on the job, and one teen dies from a workplace injury every 5 days. When the job market is tight, more teens are competing for fewer jobs – and they may be more likely to ignore safety concerns.

This year's list includes both work that is currently prohibited for minors and work that should be prohibited, based on compelling statistics on occupational injury and death to working youth provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). According to NCL, five of the worst teen jobs in 2006 are:

Agriculture – Fieldwork and processing
Construction and work in heights
Outside Helper – Landscaping, groundskeeping and lawn service
Driver/Operator – Forklifts, tractors and ATVs
Traveling youth crews"   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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