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How to keep teens safe from workplace accidents

There's a special sector of workers in California and throughout the nation, comprised mostly of young people under age 18. Every state has its own laws regarding teen workers, and the U.S. Department of Labor has also enacted several laws to protect the health and safety of teens in the workforce. Many teens, however, are at risk for workplace accidents, especially those who are unaware of the laws, as well as particular hazards that may be present in their work environments.

Workplace accidents common in construction, logging and farming

Ask anyone in California what type of work is most dangerous and they are likely to include construction, farming or logging in their reply. There are other inherently dangerous jobs as well, but these three industries carry high risks for personal injury. When workplace accidents occur, they often lead to challenging situations when recovering victims or the surviving families of loved ones lost attempt to file claims within the workers' compensation system.

Safety regulations often reviewed after workplace accidents

For workers who carry out their duties outside traditional office spaces, risks for personal injury often run high. For instance, the California construction industry and other jobs involving regular use of heavy machinery or high-powered tools are considered some of the most dangerous jobs in the nation. When workplace accidents occur, employers often try to regroup and make amends by reviewing safety regulations and upgrading protocol as needed.

Heavy machinery leaves employees prone to workplace accidents

California workers who make their livings on farms, in construction or industrial lines of work understand how dangerous an average day on the job can be. While these are not the only types of jobs with safety risks, they are definitely among those that rank highest for workplace accidents. Often, such mishaps involve heavy machinery or high-powered tools and equipment. 

Your boss has an attorney, so why shouldn't you?

The workers' compensation program covers employees in California. This insurance pays particular monetary benefits to employees who have suffered on-the-job injuries. What makes it different from insurance you would carry -- such as car insurance -- is that your employer pays the premiums, and when claims arise, it is often the company's interests that are protected. To protect your interests, you can utilize the skills of an experienced workers' compensation attorney.

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