If you’re a teenager, you’re twice as likely as an adult to get hurt on the job—in the United States, a teenager is injured on the job every 9 minutes. A workplace hazard can make you sick, injure you, or even cause death. Young construction workers often think it is their fault if they are hurt on the job site, instead of realizing that job hazards may be to blame. If you are new to the industry, you should know your rights as an employee.
Your employer has an obligation to train you on best safety and health practices at the construction site, as well as to supervise you. Employers are also obligated to give you personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep you safe on the job. Should you experience a construction accident, one of our lawyers can help you get the justice you deserve.
Tips for Staying Safe at Work
– Stay alert and awake. Federal laws say that if you are 17 or under, your state may have a restriction on working past 7 p.m. Child labor laws protect teenagers from working too early, too late, or too long.
– If you are 18 or under, there may be some limits in your state on you driving a vehicle as part of your job.
– Look and listen. Know what is around you at all times. Loud, noisy machines that are left unguarded can often be a workplace hazard.
– Make sure you have personal protective equipment such as gloves, steel-toed shoes, hearing protection, and a hard hat.
In any of these scenarios, a knowledgeable and experienced construction accident lawyer can help. Talk with one of our attorneys right after the incident to start building your case.
Schedule a free initial consultation with a construction accident lawyer at any of our four office locations in New York State, or at our location in Montrose, Pennsylvania, at (800) 608-3333. Se habla español.