Young Workers in Construction - Build a Safe Work Foundation

Young Worker Summer Job Safety
On-the-Job Hazards

Working teens do not expect to die as a result of their job; but in fact, teens do die from work injuries. Perform a youth fatality search on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program. You may be surprised by what you learn!

  • This 15-minute video highlights the four leading causes of fatalities on construction sites. Learn more about the joint safety responsibilities of government, management, and employees.

  • Despite its high fatality rate, construction can be a safe occupation when employees are aware of the hazards [64 KB PDF, 2 pages] and use an effective safety and health program. Check out thisCaution: 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. Construction eTool, available in English and en Español, to help you identify and control the hazards that commonly cause the most serious construction injuries. Some hazards may even require special personal protective equipment (PPE). Some PPE is meant to protect your breathing; while others protect your eyes and face. Still others protect you from hearing loss.

A construction site has many hazards. These hazards may include:





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