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Workers under the age of 25 are twice as likely to have nonfatal injuries within the first six months of a new job.
Some injuries, particularly those to the hands, can be career ending at a time when these workers’ careers are just beginning. Getting younger workers to understand the importance of proper PPE is critical in preventing these injuries. What can your safety program do to get this group involved in your PPE program one hundred percent?
It always seems like training is the first and last answer to issues like this. Training is where the importance of PPE can be demonstrated to young workers. There are several categories of training that you should provide to your workers.
You as the employer are responsible for keeping your worker safe and out of harms way. It is your job to examine the workplace conditions and to educate your employees, old and young on the dangers of the job. If an employee does not feel that the working environment is safe, they have the right to refuse unsafe work. Educate your young workers that they have the right to exercise that right without being reprimanded.
Young workers who are responsible for providing their own tools might not have access to high quality tools. Using cheap or used tools might seem like a good idea to save money. It is important to realize these tools can cause injury if they are not rated for the job at hand. Ensuring that younger workers have access to proper tools can help them make good choices when selecting the right tool for the job.
Involving young workers in the entire job process, from planning to execution can give a sense of involvement they have not gotten in the past. It can also help to point out potential hazards they might not identify on their own due to inexperience.
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