Young Workers in Construction - Build a Safe Work Foundation

Young Worker Summer Job Safety
Appropriate Jobs

Did you know there are age and job restrictions for persons under age 18 working in construction?

  • Working teens aged 16-17 years may work in the construction industry, or on construction sites, in limited capacities. Use these interactive Labor Law electronic tools to find out if the job you have been hired to do is prohibited.
    Caution: As a working teen, you are not allowed to do some jobs. Contact Wage & Hour (in the links below) to find out what jobs you can do.
    Learn more by going to the US Department of Labor's YouthRules! website
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  • Employers keep their work sites safe. Get a thumbnail sketch of what your employer does to keep you safe [309 KB PDF, 2 pages].

  • Teen CarpenterLandscaping provides a finishing touch to many residential building projects. Learn how to keep yourself safe while digging. Learn to plant your feet on safe ground!

Not interested in a job in residential construction? There are many other summer jobs a teen can do! Learn more.




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