April 28, 2010 | Barb Carr

Review this OSHA Teen Incident and Fatality Site and replace the word Teen with Adult

I understand Teen (Under 18) OSHA restrictions for high risk industry jobs and tasks but should the safeguards and other corrective actions be any less just because an adult is performing the task?
Review the case studies here: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/teenworkers/realstories.html

While reviewing, replace the word Teen with Adult.

The problem I saw is that many of the failed or missing safeguards could have killed anyone, teen or not. Do teens, especially in fast food restaurants, get exposed to more uncontrolled hazards because teens will do anything they are asked to do without the training or experience to know better?

What are your thoughts?

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