Preventing teenagers from suffering workplace injuries

| Jun 8, 2016 | Workplace Injuries |

There are many Louisiana teenagers who are looking forward to their very first jobs. However, they may not realize that all jobs have certain risks. Because most teenagers have very little experience working for an employer, they are often at risk of suffering major injuries at work.

For example, a 19-year-old was killed by an auger when he was working in a hopper of a bark blower truck in 2014. It was reportedly only his second day at that particular company. Additionally, an investigation into the company found that they had numerous work safety violations that put all of their employees at risk. The parents of the deceased teen are advising other parents to learn more about where their children are working and what they are required to do as part of their jobs.

There are already certain restrictions in place to protect teenagers. Teens and parents should be aware of these restrictions. For example, anyone under the age of 16 can only work clerical or cashiering jobs. Those who are between the ages of 16 and 17 are not permitted to operate heavy machinery or dangerous equipment such as meat grinders and slicers.

When a teenager suffers an injury at their workplace, the injuries could interfere with their ability to work and even attend school. An attorney may help the teenager apply for workers’ compensation benefits, which could help cover the cost of medical bills and any other damages they may have sustained due to their injury. If the offered benefits don’t cover the damages, the attorney may represent the teenager in or out of court.