Wrecking, Demolition, and Shipbreaking Operations – FLSA Child Labor Laws

The Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits employers from employing any child under 18 years of age in all occupations in wrecking, demolition, and shipbreaking operations because they are considered to be particularly hazardous or detrimental to youth health or welfare. 29 CFR 270.66(a)

Wrecking, demolition, and shipbreaking operations include all work, including clean-up and salvage work, performed at a site of the total or partial razing, demolishing, or dismantling of a building, bridge, steeple, tower, chimney, other structure, ship, or other vessel. 29 CFR 270.66(b)


Age certification

Employers who employ minors are not in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s child labor laws if they keep on file unexpired certificates of age for each minor employed which shows the minor is the appropriate age for the work being performed, even if the child turns out not to be the appropriate age. 29 US Code 203(l)(2); 29 CFR 570.5(a); 29 CFR 570.38; 29 CFR 570.121 For more information, visit our page on age certificates.


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