Employers are being urged to avoid the risk of injury compensation claims as they take on young staff this summer by carrying out suitable risk assessments.
Insurer Aviva said there were a number of large loss claims in 2008 that involved workers under the age of 18, some involving powered machinery and equipment.
Phil Grace, liability risk manager at Aviva UK, said risk assessments are required by law and employers should seek guidance before sending young people to work in potentially hazardous areas.
"The lack of experience and maturity of young people, as well as a reduced perception of risk, can be extremely dangerous in a working environment, particularly where machinery is involved," he commented.
Safety measures to lower the risk of injury compensation claims could include additional supervision, clearer instructions and extra training.
Aviva recently revealed that more medical emergency claims are made for children under ten while on holiday in New Zealand than anywhere else in the world.