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Young workers are five times more likely to be injured on the job in the first month of work and, in 2013, accounted for about thirteen per cent of all WCB’s registered claims. According to the WCB, of the 3,150 young worker injuries reported last year, over 1,300 or forty per cent occurred from June to September. Most of these injuries happened in the accommodation, food and beverage, retail, manufacturing, and construction industries.
“Injury or death should not be part of any young person’s summer job," says Hon. Kelly Regan, Minister of
Labour and Advanced Education. "We
want young workers to remain safe and healthy so they can enjoy their
friends and family, have fun and gain valuable experience over the
summer. The key to that is safety training and for employers and workers
to keep safety a top priority at work.”
Throughout the summer the WCB is reaching out to young workers with injury prevention information through social media and at community events to help them come home safe. By submitting photos of their favourite summertime activities via Instagram, tagged with #thismatters, young workers will be eligible to win a summer bonus prize valued at $500. One bonus will be awarded each week during July and August. For details, visit worksafeforlife.ca/youngworkers.
“Summer is a great time to do the things that matter most, like spending time with friends, heading to the beach, going to concerts or the movies," says Stuart MacLean, CEO, WCB. "Providing young workers with a quality safety orientation and then ongoing safety training is essential to prevent workplace injuries, and helps ensure they can enjoy their favourite activities all summer long. At the end of the day it’s about recognizing that the most important reason for making your workplace safe, is not at work at all.”
The WCB will also provide employers with new resources to help make safety an ongoing part of the way they do business.