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NCL’s Five Worst Teen Jobs of 2008

The National Consumers League (NCL) has issued its annual report for 2008 on the Five Worst Teen Jobs.

Recent accidental deaths in agriculture keeping work in fields and processing at the top of the list for the second year running. Based on statistics from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a teen American worker is injured on the job every two minutes, and one teen dies from a workplace injury every five days.

NCL’s Five Worst Teen Jobs of 2008

This year’s Five Worst Teen Jobs are:

  1. Agriculture: Fieldwork and Processing

  2. Traveling Youth Crews

  3. Construction and Work in Heights

  4. Driver/Operator: Forklifts, Tractors, and ATVs

  5. Outside Helper: Landscaping, Groundskeeping, and Lawn Service

This list includes both jobs that are permitted for teens by law and those that are prohibited by child labor laws, underscoring the need for teens, parents, and employers to be aware of existing protections. Operating forklifts, driving farm equipment, working on roofs, and applying or handling pesticides on farms are currently outlawed.


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