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Migrant Children Risk Lives as Roofers

December 14, 2023 (1 min read)

Hannah Dreier, Brent McDonald, Nicole Salazar, Annie Correal and Carson Kessler, New York Times, Dec. 14, 2023

"... Children working on construction sites are six times as likely to be killed as minors doing other work, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Roofing is particularly risky; it is the most dangerous job for minors other than agricultural work, studies show. Labor organizers and social workers say they are seeing more migrant children suffer serious injuries on roofing crews in recent years. A 16-year-old fell off a roof in Arkansas and shattered his back. A 15-year-old in Florida was burned all over after he slipped from a roof and onto a vat of hot tar. A child in Illinois stepped through a skylight and fractured his spine. ..."