While getting and starting a new job may be foremost in a young or new worker's
mind - getting injured is often farthest. Young workers in particular just
don't expect it to happen; yet too often it does.
Why are young workers particularly vulnerable to occupational injury or
illness? The reasons vary. Young people may sometimes be unrealistic about
their own mortality. They are eager to impress and accept new challenges. And
as inexperienced workers, they may not know or understand the hazards in the
workplace or how to avoid injury, and may be reluctant to ask questions.
Young or new workers - things you need to know
Employers can help keep young and new workers safe
Workers new to the workplace need to be trained before starting any job. They
need clear, frequent instructions over the first few weeks. Some new workers
may be overwhelmed with instructions at first and need to hear the information
repeated more than once.
In addition to providing training, employers must make it clear to young
workers that if ever they don't know or are unsure of something, it's perfectly
okay to ask. The sooner everyone starts thinking about the job in a
safety-minded way, the better.
Employers should consider whether a job is suitable for a young worker before
assigning it. Jobs that require long training times, a high degree of skill or
a great deal of responsibility, or risky tasks - such as working alone or with
hazardous chemicals - are usually better suited to more experienced workers.
Sometimes, due to a lack of understanding, a young worker may decide to "help
out" another worker during slow times or make changes to a job in unexpected
and possibly risky ways. While they may mean well, young workers need close
supervision to ensure they stick to established - and safe - work procedures.
There are resources available for young workers, parents, employers, or
teachers that provide information that can help everyone to understand why it
is important to work safely, and to help keep new and young workers safe on the
AplusA-online.de - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety