The dangers of illegal child labor.
Am J Dis Child 1993 Oct; 147(10):1029-1030
In this editorial, the role of illegal child labor in the ongoing epidemic of childhood injury was considered. Studies have indicated that a substantial fraction of childhood injuries are caused by work and that 70% or more of the fatalities in working children involved violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act or OSHA regulations. The employment of children under illegal conditions had increased in recent years. The risk of injury in illegal employment was considered to be almost ten times higher than in legal employment in children. An approach to prevention of injury to working children was discussed, including strengthening regulations; educating teachers, parents and children about the hazards of work; and ensuring that primary care providers determine whether injuries to children are work related and report such occupational injuries.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-statistics; Epidemiology; Age-groups
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American Journal of Diseases of Children
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