So the numbers don’t lie…most injuries for workers under 25 occur in one of these industries…that’s where the jobs are, right?
So check out the stats and some safety tips to help keep you and your co-workers safe on the job.
TIP #1: Use safe lifting habits to prevent getting strains and sprains from tasks like stocking shelves or moving lines of grocery carts.
TIP #2: Wear steel-toed boots in case heavy boxes or pallets fall on your feet.
TIP #3: Slippery floors can lead to slips and falls, so clean ‘em up.
Retail Stats in NS:
- In 2016 there were 563 workers under the age of 25 injured in the retail industry.
- Grocery clerks and shelf stockers were most likely to be hurt.
Food and Beverage
TIP #1: Hot stuff. Be careful around ovens and other hot things, like popcorn makers or fat from fryers.
TIP #2: Sharp stuff. Be careful with knives and broken glass. Don’t rush in food prep, even if you feel pressured to. No one wants a finger salad.
TIP #3: Slippery stuff. Messy means slippery, especially with all that grease and cooking oil.
Food and Beverage Stats in NS:
- In 2016, there were 583 workers under the age of 25 injured in the food and beverage industry.
- Food service counter attendants and food preparers were most likely to be hurt.
TIP #1: Protect your fingers. Make sure you’re properly trained and machines have all the appropriate guards in place.
TIP #2: Lift safely. Backs were second only to fingers in manufacturing injuries.
TIP #3: Don’t take shortcuts to get the job done quickly. Get it done safely.
Manufacturing Stats in NS:
- In 2016, there were 447 workers under the age of 25 injured in the manufacturing industry.
- Other trades helpers and laborers were most likely to be hurt.
TIP #1: Building materials can be heavy. Lift safely. Knees bent. Back straight. And no twisting!
TIP #2: Make sure fall protection is in place when you’re working above three metres.
TIP #3: Before you use any equipment, be properly trained on it. Do not do it “just this once.”
Construction Stats in NS:
- In 2016, there were 351 workers under the age of 25 injured in the construction industry.
- Construction trades helpers and laborers were most likely to be hurt.