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Workplace safety is not necessarily on the mind of young workers

Many employers in British Columbia look to to employ young, inexperienced workers who are eager to prove themselves and keen to learn. However, not all business owners realize that young workers may also be distracted, with many non-work-related matters on their minds. As young workers acclimatize to the workplace, employers may find that they must spend more time training young workers on workplace safety than they would with older, more seasoned workers.

Young workers often take on different jobs each summer, gaining experience in a variety of positions that are relatively short-term. For this reason, they may consider themselves experienced, without fully appreciating that every job poses unique hazards. It is the responsibility of employers to make sure young workers learn about the dangers of their jobs, and also how to mitigate workplace hazards.

Employers must not only provide the necessary personal protective equipment but also make sure each worker knows how to use it. The same applies for safeguards on machines and tools. They serve no purpose if they are not handled appropriately. Authorities say it is crucial to emphasize safety during every orientation session, and also subsequent safety meetings.

Employers must also make sure that young workers know what to do in the event of a work-related accident. Even with the most effective workplace safety program, accidents happen, and victims must know the steps to take immediately after such an incident. After receiving the necessary medical treatment, and reporting the injury to the employer, the injured worker can work with a British Columbia lawyer who is experienced in dealing with insurance benefits claims to pursue compensation to cover medical expenses and lost wages.

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