Consider me unsurprised.

“Teenagers are being put in the position of doing tasks that are either illegal or dangerous,” said lead author Carol Runyan, of the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center.

Although enforcement of laws could be improved, she said, “the real burden lies with employers.”

  • 37 percent of teens younger than 16 said they had worked after 7 p.m. on a school night, a violation of federal rules for that age group.
  • 16 percent of teens younger than 16 reported they had worked past 9 p.m. on a school night.
  • 47 percent of teens who work in grocery stores and restaurants said they had performed tasks prohibited by law for workers younger than 18, including operating box crushers, dough mixers and power slicers.
  • One-third of all the teens said they had received no safety training on the job.
  • 9 percent said they had worked alone after dark.
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