Adolescent Workers: Prevention of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses


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Occupational Injuries and Adolescents

  • Pediatricians should consider occupational injuries in the diagnosis and treatment of sick working adolescents.
  • Working more than 20 hours per week has been associated with increased drug and alcohol use, fatigue and stress. Child labor laws prohibit teens from working late and/or long hours.
  • Many young workers are injured because they don’t speak up.
  • Young people often do not realize they can question things in the very adult world of work.

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Page last reviewed: January 4, 2019