After School Jobs

Canada
March 5, 2007 12:22am CST
When your child gets an afterschool or partime job do you go check out where they are working and tell them the rights that they have while working? I was surprised to learn that people who work partime or afterschool jobs are the ones that are getting hurt the most and even killed because they do not know there right or the safety aspects of the job and employers do not show them or they are scared to ask for fear of loosing there job. What are your thoughts?
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• Singapore
5 Mar 07
I think checking the place out would be a little overboard - unless you suspect the place is of a dubious nature. Else, I think it would suffice to just tell your kid his rights, and let him learn some independence. It is true that students are sometimes exploited in jobs, so all you can do is to tell your kid to step back if he needs help and inform you quickly.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
5 Mar 07
For the most part my kids didn't have jobs while in school. Paper routes, mowing lawns, shoveling driveways. My #2 son worked at a book store his senior year - not a lot of safety issues there and the man he worked for I knew somewhat from being a long time customer so was ok with my son working for him.
• Canada
5 Mar 07
that is good A friend of mine his daughter worked in a bakery before school and lost two fingers in a bread machine he thought she working in a bakery what the worst tha could happen she told him she had noting to do wiht the oven jsut make dough.
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@nicolec (2673)
• United States
5 Mar 07
I don't know the age of the kid that lost the fingers, but I believe most states have rules for kids using machines like that. I use to do work in a restaurant and a lot of the machines had signs that said 'by law no one under the age of X can opperate this machine'. So that's horrible that happened.
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• Canada
5 Mar 07
She was 17 and there are no laws like that here jsut that they must show that you were told how to do it. It was jsut one of r those things she reached in to the sam epart of the machine liek she was showen this time some how her hand got caught adn pulled it in.
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@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
5 Mar 07
Well when my daughter reaches that age I probably won't check out the place per se, but I will make sure she knows her rights and that she knows to look out for herself first and foremost. People who work partime or afterschool jobs are naturally the ones getting hurt the most, they are the ones doing the jobs no one else wants, naturally they are in more dangerous situations. Even a place like McDonalds can be unsafe, trust me I used to work at McD's and I once fell on the grill, so I know how unsafe they can be.
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