Wednesday 22 October 2014

Young workers 50pc more likely to get hurt on job

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

Published 30/05/2014 | 02:30

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THEY'RE young, free and accident prone and a state watchdog is worried.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has urged employers to be extra careful with teenagers on summer jobs.

Although young people make up just 4pc of the workforce, they represent around 10pc of all reported injuries.

Figures from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work indicate that young people are at least 50pc more likely to be hurt at work than older, experienced workers.

Young people often get jobs in sectors like hotels and catering, which exposes them to a higher risk of workplace injuries.

The HSA said employers should ensure they are given appropriate training and clear instructions about their workload and encourage them to raise any concerns.

It also said they should be provided with any necessary protective equipment, and be closely supervised.

The authority said young people should get help from colleagues when necessary, particularly if they are lifting something heavy and report any accidents or 'near misses' immediately.

Irish Independent

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