Summer jobs can help teenagers develop a good work ethic and play an important role in their maturation. However, it is important to know the potential risks and dangers associated with summertime work as a teenager, including the potential for workplace accidents.
Some jobs may not be the most appropriate for a teenager, whether they are just starting out in the workforce or already have work experience. Some positions teenagers should try to avoid involve:
- Jobs using chemicals
- Grain storage facilities
- Sales that involve going door-to-door
- Travel that takes the teen far from parental or adult supervision
- Dangerous machinery
- Excessive driving, including someone else driving
- Work that involves high heights or ladders
- Potentially dangerous vehicles
No job comes without some sort of risk. However, taking the right precautions can help alleviate unnecessary burdens from a summertime job for a teenager. Here are some tips for having a successful, safe summer job:
- Know the state and federal laws for minors and their limits, including how many hours a teen can work and what type of work they can legally perform.
- Always follow safety training to protect from injury. Employers put these limitations in place to keep their workers safe.
- Be aware of the work environment at all times and avoid being careless near equipment. Even an office can be hazardous if an employee does not pay proper attention.
- Use judgment. Many injuries come as a result of work that has been assigned to a worker by a manager.
Parents can be major players in keeping their teens safe this summer. Parents should be involved in the job hunt and decision making for their teenager, and help them choose a safe and appropriate place to work. It is also urged that parents familiarize themselves with the laws that apply to minors in the workforce to look out for red flags and keep their children protected in the workplace.
Parents should also be instrumental on setting limits for their teen, such as which hours are appropriate and how many hours they can work each week. It is also advisable to meet the supervisor and see the facilities before the teen starts their job. Be sure to regularly ask and get updates on how the job is going and what type of work is being performed. Some teenagers find work can take a physical or emotional toll. Be sure to look out for signs that having a job is becoming too difficult for your child.
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