The Pennsylvania construction industry employs many teenage workers. One of the biggest advantages of employing teenagers is their eagerness to learn. However, certain rules and regulations apply for teenagers working on a construction site, in order to prevent workplace accidents and injuries.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health sets guidelines that employers must follow if they want to employ teenagers. These guidelines are a result of the efforts of NIOSHA, which targets the prevention of workplace injuries and fatalities among teenagers. The efforts are justified considering that the construction industry employs about 3 percent of teenage workers, but accounts for 14 percent of teenage fatalities in the workplace.