Connecticut law prohibits the employment of minors under the age of 18 in any occupation declared to be hazardous by the state Department of Labor. An exception is provided for the minors 16 years of age who are employed as bona fide apprentices and participants in approved, cooperative work-study programs, and for graduates of such programs employed in the occupation for which they were trained (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-23c).
The following types of work are expressly prohibited:
• Operation of a freight or passenger elevator that runs at a speed over 200 feet per minute, power-driven hoists, or cranes
• Automotive maintenance and repair (see Exceptions, below)
• Beverage bottling or pressure treating
• Sand blasting, abrasive wheel operation, tumbler operation, or centrifugal machine operation
• Work involving radioactive materials
• Manufacturing of brick, cement, chemicals, or clay products
• Brazing, welding, or glass cutting
• Testing, installation, or repair of electrical equipment
• Flame cutting
• Boiler room or engine room work
• Construction, wrecking, and demolition (see ...