If you employ younger workers, safety takes on a whole new definition. For employees under 24 years of age, there is a unique set of rules to know. And a unique set of reasons to know them. For starters, young workers have a higher incidence of on-the-job injury than older workers.
Why are young workers more prone to accidents and injury? Sometimes, factors you don’t have much control over are to blame: inexperience, shorter attention spans, working when tired after a full day of school, or simply taking on tasks beyond their ability. Many youth are reluctant to ask for help, for fear of looking incompetent.
Often, however, the employer is to blame. Whether it’s a lack of supervision, improper training, old (or no) safety gear, many employers are putting their young workers at risk. Injuries to younger workers are avoidable. This section will give you a broad overview of the steps you need to take to ensure your young workers are as safe as they can be.