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It's that time of year again: teens are pounding the pavement looking for summer work. Having a job can be an important part of youth development, but the worst work - the ones on this year's Five Most Dangerous Teen Jobs - should be avoided in some cases or accepted with caution in others..
A few days before Thanksgiving in a small Virginia town called Poquoson, Frank Gornik, 14, was removing storm debris for his uncle’s company. The boy, a freshman in high school, fed branches into a wood chipper. He used a shovel to help force the branches and that shovel was grabbed by the machine and—in an instant—swallowed the boy and killed him.
When a young salesperson comes knocking at your door, how can you tell whether it's a legitimate sales company rep or a teenager who's become involved in a dangerous traveling sales crew? The following tips can help you evaluate the situation, while keeping you - and the young worker - safe.