Young Workers by h0x7N8XM


									    New and Young Workers
     Spring and summer months see an influx of
      new and young workers (aged 15-24) to
      mine sites, pits and quarries.
     Unfortunately young workers have been
      injured and killed in Ontario’s mining
      industry: From 2001-07, there were 310
      lost-time injuries and three fatalities for
      workers aged 15-24.
2    It is important to remember anyone new to
      a workplace is at risk of injury.
    Eliminating Injuries
      To eliminate injuries to new and young
      workers, companies should be aware of:
     Generic risk factors that can affect new and
      young workers
     Protective factors that can be put in place to
      eliminate injuries

    Generic Risk Factors
        The following factors increase the likelihood of
        injury for new and young employees at a
     Anyone new on a job is four times more likely to be injured
        during the first month*
     Inexperience: Young workers are often starting their first
        jobs and don’t have years of experience to fall back on
     Lower education levels: Many young workers are in the
        middle of completing their education, often only working in
        the summer and attending school in the fall
    * Research from the Institute of Work and Health
    Injury Statistics: New & Young
      From 2001-07:
      66 per cent of young workers suffering a
      lost-time injury in Ontario’s Aggregate
      Industry had worked for their employer for
      less than a year.
      63 per cent of young workers suffering a
      lost-time injury in Ontario’s Mining
5     Industry had worked for their employer for
      less than a year.
    Protective Factors
      The following protective factors are steps companies can take
      to keep everyone safe on the worksite:
     Orientation program and safety training
          Review policies and procedures
          Tour the site
          Discuss and explain all hazards
          Introduce H&S rep and co-workers
          Establish a buddy system with new workers and
           experienced workers
      *Orientation programs must take place of the first day(s) of work in order to
      be effective.
    Protective Factors (cont’d)
      Inform new workers of the 3 R’s under the
       Occupational Health and Safety Act:
           Right to know: Workers have the right to know
            about all hazards at their worksite
           Right to refuse unsafe work: Workers do not have
            to complete work they feel they have not been
            properly trained to do or feel is unsafe
           Right to participate: If workers spot unsafe
            conditions in their workplace, it is crucial they
7           inform a supervisor. Workers also have the right to
            participate on health and safety committees
    Protective Factors (cont’d)
      Quality of Supervision
          Supervisors and co-workers should keep a
           close eye on new and young workers to
           ensure procedures are properly followed
           and PPE is worn correctly.
      Safety Culture and Social Climate
          New and young workers should feel
           comfortable asking questions to
           supervisors and co-workers
    Have a good summer
    and stay safe!

    For more information:
    Ministry of Labour:
    Canadian Centre for Occupational Health &

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