Every day in Ontario, an average of 70 workers under the age of 25 are injured on the job, and some lose their lives. That’s three injured each hour.
Young workers – and new workers of any age – are often keen to learn and can bring new ideas and renewed energy to a workplace. But if you hire workers, you have obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to protect them.
“Young workers often can’t recognize health and safety hazards and hesitate to ask questions,” says George Gritziotis, the chief prevention officer at Ontario’s Ministry of Labour . “The truth is new and young workers are much more likely to be injured on the job. They need to be provided training and they need to be supervised.”