Work injuries are bad enough, but when they happen early in someone’s life the repercussions take on an even greater tragedy. Young workers’ may have to carry the results of an injury with them for the rest of their lives.

According to the TUC Worksmart a young worker is defined as having compulsory school leaving age but is under 18 years old. Young workers are entitled to more generous rest periods and breaks than other workers, they are not typically allowed to work at night, are barred from certain hazardous jobs and cannot work as long hours as other workers.

The law recognises young workers may be at particular risk at work because of their possible physical and psychological immaturity and lack of awareness of work risks and training.


Young Workers - A Safety Representatives Guide

Hazards Young Workers pages

Young worker safety and health (US)

TUC Worksmart Faqs and resources on young workers

Issue date
19 Jul 2015
Issue date
06 Aug 2014