There are large number of teens who want to get after-school jobs, so they can save for college and afford trips and other exciting “extras.” If you are like most parents, you may even encourage your teen to pursue a part-time position. After all, it can help build a strong work ethic, responsibility and discipline. It even looks great on future resumes and college applications.
While there are more than a few benefits offered by part-time work, there are also risks. Unfortunately, work related injuries for young people are high across the nation and in Florida. If your child has started searching for a job, regardless of if they want to babysit or work in an office, you need to consider safety first.
The good news is, there are a few things you can do as parents to remain aware of the safety risks and encourage your children to remain safe while working. Keep in mind, if an injury does occur, hiring a work injury lawyer in Florida is the best course of action.
Some of the things to keep in mind to help your child stay safe while on the job can be found here.
Know the Risks
Even jobs that seem safe carry some type of risk. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the retail sector is considered the second-most hazardous job in the entire country. This is one of the most popular industry for teen workers.
Additionally, office jobs often lead to repetitive strain injuries, and even babysitting can put your teen at risk. Always get to know the possible risks of the job your teen is interested in, which will allow you to address them and find ways to ensure your teen remains safe.
Help Your Teen Look for a Safe and Interesting Job
The Child Labor Coalition and Florida Department of Labor both have resources that can help you find safe job options and help your teen learn how they can remain safe while on the job. You can even learn about various labor laws in the state of Florida to ensure you select an employment option that adheres to regulations.
Be Sure Your Teen Has the Skills and Training Needed for the Job
Does the employer provide on-the-job training? Or will certain training help your teen remain safe while working? Keep in mind, your teen is at a higher risk for injury if they attempt to work in a position that exceeds their abilities.
As you can see, there are several ways you can ensure your teen remains safe while on the job. However, if the unthinkable happens and your teen is injured or becomes ill due to workplace conditions, then it is time to hire a work injury lawyer in Florida.
Learn more about workers’ compensation for teens working part-time jobs by contacting the team of attorneys at Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A. by calling 561-687-5660.
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