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As the school year comes to a close, many young British Columbians will join the workforce — some for the first time. It’s important that they are trained to work safely and know their workplace safety rights. In 2011, more than 6,600 young workers (ages 15–24) were injured on the job — and three died as a result.
Young workers are most at risk of being injured when they are new to their jobs: 55% of all serious injuries occur during the first six months of employment. Serious injuries include head and spinal cord injuries, and those that require amputations.
Resources for parents
WorkSafeBC has created a number of online resources specifically for parents to help them keep their children safe on the job:
Risking their futures: Occupational disease and young workers
Many people who are dying of occupational diseases today were exposed to hazards when they were young workers. WorkSafeBC has developed some new resources to raise awareness among young workers about exposures that could lead to serious and possibly fatal health problems in the future. One of the new tools is a facebook game called Dangerously Exposed.
Subject matter expert: Trudi Rondou
Industry and Labour Services Manager, Trudi Rondou has spent the last decade working in health and safety training and education, with a focus on young and new workers. She has expertise in safety resources and programs for young workers, their families, and educators.
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