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17 Bad Jobs for Teens

Do you employ anyone under the age of 18? If so, there are 17 non-farm jobs (in some cases machinery) that the U.S. Department of Labor says are generally off-limits to minors. Check with your state department of labor for more information.

  1. Manufacturing or storing explosives
  2. Driving a motor vehicle and being an outside helper on a motor vehicle
  3. Coal mining
  4. Logging and sawmilling
  5. Power-driven wood-working machines
  6. Exposure to radioactive substances and to ionizing radiations
  7. Power-driven hoisting equipment
  8. Power-driven metal-forming, punching, and shearing machines
  9. Mining, other than coal mining
  10. Meat packing or processing, using power meat-slicers
  11. Power-driven bakery machines
  12. Power-driven paper-products machines
  13. Manufacturing brick, tile, and related products
  14. Power-driven circular saws, band saws, and guillotine shears
  15. Wrecking, demolition, and ship-breaking operations
  16. Roofing operations
  17. Excavation operations

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C, August 1998.