BOX 6-4Agricultural Jobs Prohibited by Hazardous Orders

Eleven hazardous farm jobs, as determined by the Secretary of Labor, are out of bounds for teens below the age of 16. Children and adolescents working for their parents are exempt from these prohibitions. Generally, those under age 16 may not work at jobs that involve:

  1. Operating a tractor of over 20 power-take-off horsepower, or connecting or disconnecting an implement or any of its parts to or from such a tractor*

  2. Operating or assisting to operate any of the following machines: corn picker, cotton picker, grain combine, hay mower, forage harvester, hay baler, potato digger, mobile pea viner, feed grinder, crop dryer, forage blower, auger conveyor, unloading mechanism of a nongravity-type self-unloading wagon or trailer, power post-hole digger, power post driver, or nonwalking type rotary tiler*

  3. Operating or assisting to operate any of the following machines: trencher or earth moving equipment, fork lift, potato combine, or power-driven circular, band, or chain saw*

  4. Working on a farm in a yard, pen, or stall occupied by bull, boar, or stud horse maintained for breeding purposes; sow with suckling pigs, or cow with newborn calf (with umbilical cord present)*

  5. Felling, bucking, skidding, loading, or unloading timber with butt diameter of more than 6 inches*

  6. Working from a ladder or scaffold at a height of over 20 feet*

  7. Driving a bus, truck, or car while transporting passengers, or riding as a passenger or helper on a tractor

  8. Working inside the following: a fruit, forage, or grain storage unit designed to retain an oxygen deficient or toxic atmosphere; an upright silo within 2 weeks after silage has been added or when a top loading device is in operating position; a manure pit; or a horizontal silo while operating a tractor for packing purposes

  9. Handling or applying pesticides and other agricultural chemicals classified as Category I or II of toxicity by FIFRA

  10. Handling or using a blasting agent, including but not limited to, dynamite, black powder, sensitized ammonium nitrate, blasting caps, and primer cords

  11. Transporting, transferring, or applying anhydrous ammonia


Limited exemptions are provided for student learners Limited exemptions are provided for participants in 4-H training program or vocational agricultural training program

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