Child Labor Law restrictions on Construction Sites

posted by Michael Fortney  |  Dec 15, 2009 2:54 PM in Construction Law

Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") regulates the employment of children under 18 years of age in certain types of employment. Generally, children aged 15 and under may not be employed in a number of occupations, including construction. 29 CFR §§ 570.33, 570.119.

Children aged 16 and 17 may work in construction related operations, but may not be involved in certain "particularly hazardous" occupations at a construction site. Those occupations include:

  • motor vehicle driver;
  • operation of power-driven woodworking equipment;
  • operation of power-driven hoisting apparatus;
  • operation of circular saws, bandsaws, and guillotine shears;
  • wrecking or demolition operations; and
  • excavation operations.

All other activities may be engaged in.

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