Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Keeping Teen Workers SafeAugust 8, 2016
For a lot of teens, getting a job is a great way to earn some extra spending money, take on new responsibilities, meet new people, and become a more independent young adult. There are a wide range of part time jobs that are perfect for teenagers, including babysitting, lifeguarding at a local pool or swim club, working as a camp counselor, waitressing at a local restaurant, or getting a job at a popular clothing store at the mall. Regardless of the type of job your teen decides to pursue, it is important to consider potential safety issues and avoid jobs that could put your child at risk for injury.
The National Consumers League (NCL) provides the following helpful hints for teens that are considering part time employment options:
- Never accept a job that puts you in potential danger. Examples include door-to-door sales, traveling without parental supervision, using dangerous machinery, and working with toxic chemicals, to name a few.
- Do not accept a job that requires you to work hours beyond the state and federal limits for minors.
- Always follow the safety protocols that are specific to your job.
- Only accept a job that fits into your schedule, and that does not get in the way of school.
- Be alert and aware at all times. This can help avoid workplace injuries due to carelessness.
- Trust your instincts and if something feels wrong, or if someone makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, walk away. Report any inappropriate behavior to your supervisor.
How Parents Can Help
Not every job is the right fit for every person. Parents can help by getting involved and helping their teen make the best choice that is right for him or her. The following tips can make the process of looking for a job a lot easier:
- Talk to your teen. Make sure he or she knows what to expect. Set limits to the number of hours he or she may work each week, and talk about the importance of taking on this new responsibility.
- Do your research. It is completely acceptable to ask to meet your child’s supervisor, take a tour of the facility, and ask about your child’s specific job responsibilities.
- Watch for signs that the job is affecting your teen in a negative way. If your child’s grades begin to slip, or if he or she seems overly stressed out or depressed, it may not be the right fit.
- Ask questions. Here are some great questions to ask your child or your child’s supervisor before your son or daughter accepts a job.
- Will my child be required to operate a vehicle?
- How long is the commute?
- Will the job include safety training?
- Will my child ever be alone at a work site?
- Will my child be required to use tools or machinery that could be dangerous?
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Teens Who Have Been Injured at Work
If your child has been seriously injured while at work, the experienced, compassionate Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton can help. We will work tirelessly to secure the maximum financial compensation for your child’s injuries so that you can focus on their healing and recovery. For a free case review, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.