Many young workers' first work experience is in the restaurant industry. OSHA is providing this eTool to help young workers in the restaurant industry be safe and healthy on the job. This eTool* describes common hazards and potential safety solutions for teen workers and employers in the restaurant industry. Young workers - You have rights! You have rights on the job, and your employer has the responsibility to provide a safe workplace. OSHA wants you to have a safe and rewarding work experience. This site can help you prevent job-related injuries and illnesses.
Teen Worker Safety. Keeping teens safe at work. Keeping teens safe while working should be the highest priority of their employers — just as it is for their parents. They may look mature, but they often have had very little experience with the world of work. Teen Worker Safety. Between 2003 and 2011, 333 workers under age 18 died while working in the United States. Thousands more teen workers were involved in workplace accidents that resulted in serious and severe injuries.
Teen workers have the right to report unsafe or illegal working conditions to OSHA by calling (800) 321-OSHA. Employers cannot fire any worker for reporting unsafe working conditions. Hazardous jobs -- such as coal mining, using power-driven machinery, roofing and demolition operations -- are illegal for teen workers under the age of 18. Teen Worker Safety. The worksite injury and illness rates for teenagers are higher than the injury and illness rates for the members of any other comparably sized age bracket in the American workforce. There are many reasons why teens are injured so often while working.