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The following editorial by Stuart MacLean, CEO, Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia ran in the Chronicle Herald on July 5, 2012.
Over the next few weeks, thousands of young Nova Scotians will start summer jobs. For many it will be their first introduction to the world of work. We want them all to come home safe, but sadly, for some that may not happen. Last year, about 3,500 Nova Scotians under age 25 were hurt on the job. Of those, about 650 young workers suffered injuries that were serious enough to result in time lost from work.
There are so many ways to get the conversation about workplace safety started. Check out these resources for young workers, parents and employers. You can also find out more at Facebook.com/NSYoungWorkers or on Twitter at @NSYoungWorkers
The conversation may change your lives.