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NIOSH's guidelines for employing teenagers in construction

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.

What role does OSHA play in preventing workplace accidents?

Per federal and Pennsylvania state laws, employers are required to provide a safe working environment for their employees in order to avoid or prevent workplace accidents. If the working environment is deemed unsafe, a worker can file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and can choose to discontinue visiting the workplace until the complaint is addressed.

Pennsylvania airport worker injured while towing airplane

The term "occupational hazard" signifies the possibility of meeting with an accident or being injured while performing the everyday duties of employment. Pennsylvania employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance in order to cover employees who may suffer a serious, unexpected injury or fall ill as a direct result of performing the duties of his or her employment. However, certain jobs carry an increased inherent possibility of meeting with an accident which is completely unpredictable as to occurrence and scope of injury.

What reasons are there for denying a workers' compensation claim?

Workers compensation may be defined as the monetary compensation payable to an employee by his or her employer in case the employee suffers any occupational injuries. Cumulative trauma and occupational diseases may also be covered by workers compensation in the state of Pennsylvania. However, there may be instances in which a workers' compensation claim may be denied by the employer.

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