Youth Safety and Health on the Job

Every year, youth are injured on the job throughout the state because young workers or their employers are not following the state’s child labor laws. Child labor laws were created to promote safety and health in the workplace and prohibit youth from working long hours, which can jeopardize their development and education.

Workplace Injuries

If you have an accident or are injured at work, you are covered by workers’ compensation. Missouri law guarantees certain workers’ compensation benefits to employees who are injured or become ill because of their jobs.

Employees must report the injury IMMEDIATELY (within 30 days) to their supervisor or their employer’s designee. Failure to do so may jeopardize your ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

If you have questions about workers’ compensation, please contact your employer for additional information. Or, you may contact an Information Specialist at the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Division of Workers’ Compensation at 1-800-775-COMP.

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Unsafe Conditions

Inexperience in the workplace is a safety concern as well as unsafe working conditions. Youth are encouraged to report any unsafe conditions or equipment to their supervisor. If unsafe working conditions persist, you have the right to report the condition to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), by calling the Kansas City office (800-892-2674) or the St. Louis office (800-392-7743).

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Discrimination or Sexual Harassment

If you encounter problems with discrimination or sexual harassment while on a job or while applying for a job, you have the right to file a complaint with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). To file a discrimination complaint, contact the Missouri Commission on Human Rights or the EEOC.

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Helpful Safety Tips for Young Workers

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