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Danger to Young Workers During Holidays

Graham Marshall - Monday, August 05, 2013

According to the British Safety Council, young workers are at greatest risk of accidents at work during the first few months of a new job.

And with the summer holidays starting now, employers need to pay extra attention to the health and safety of young people hired for holiday work.

By taking some simple steps, the risk of injury to young workers can be easily reduced.

Good leadership is the key in preventing injury to  young people at the start of their working lives.

Organizations need to ensure that safe and healthy work practices are the rule; and that they have a culture that promotes and values safe behaviour.

The first step is to identify the hazards to young workers.

What are the hazards associated with lifting, working at height, using machinery, moving around the site, using chemicals, and such like.

Then using the knowledge of experienced staff, perform necessary risk assessments.

The risk assessments should help management to decide how best to control the hazards faced by young workers.

Reducing the risk profile of the business by adequate hazard management is crucial to achieve the vision that no young workers are injured or killed at work.

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