An estimated 80 percent of teens are employed at some point during their high school years–but many of them are ill-equipped to deal with on-the-job hazards. Around 146,000 adolescents are injured in the workplace every year, according to federal data, with about 70 dying as a result. Even worse, a study in the current issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health argues that parents are unprepared to help their children stay safe.
“There’s just a huge information gap in terms of parents knowing what’s going on in the workplace right now,” says co-author Michael Schulman, a North Carolina State University occupational-injury expert. “Parents are very active in helping kids find a job, but there’s a big drop off in involvement after.”
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