Are Minors Prohibited From Working In Any Specific Occupations?

Minors who are 17 years of age or under may not work in certain hazardous occupations. Examples of such occupations are: manufacturing and storing explosives; motor vehicle driving and outside helper; coal mining; logging and saw milling; power­driven woodworking machines; exposure to radioactive substances; power­driven hoisting apparatus; power­driven metal­forming, punching, and shearing machines; mining; slaughtering; meat­packing, processing or rendering; power­driven bakery machines; power­driven paper products machines; manufacturing brick, tile, and kindred products; power­driven circular saws, band saws, and guillotine shears; wrecking; demolition, and ship­breaking operations; roofing operations; excavation operations. (NOTE: 17 year olds may drive on public roadways if certain requirements are met).

In addition to the above, minors 15 years of age and under are prohibited from occupations such as: machinery; motor vehicles; equipment; food process; fixtures; railroads; unguarded gears; vessels or boats; dangerous gases or acids; communication or public utilities; freezers; meat coolers; loading and unloading trucks, railroad cars, conveyors, etc.; warehouses; scaffolding or construction; mines, coke breaker, coke oven, or quarry, manufacturing; mining; public messenger service; construction; work in/about boilers or engine rooms; cooking; (Includes power mowers or cutters ­ including weed eaters).

Minors may not dispense, serve, sell or take orders for alcoholic beverages except where alcohol is sold for consumption off the premises.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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