Bosses urged to take special care of young people in summer jobs
EMPLOYERS are being urged to ensure young people in summer jobs are given proper training in health and safety.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) said bosses needed to be extra vigilant, with figures indicating that young people were at least 50pc more likely to be hurt at work than older, more experienced workers.
The HSA estimates that although young people constitute only 4pc of the workforce, injuries to them represent about 10pc of all reported workplace accidents.
Joanne Harmon, HSA education manager, said the vast majority of accidents could be prevented with forward planning.
"Summer jobs are a fantastic way for teenagers to learn new skills and gain experience that will stand to them as adults," Ms Harmon said.
"We want all young people to have fond memories of their early jobs so it's vital that they and their employers are aware of the risks around workplace accidents and take the necessary precautions and safeguards."
The HAS has urged employers to ensure young workers are given the appropriate training and clear instructions, and to supervise them when they are doing high-risk activities.
And summer workers are being encouraged to follow all training given.
"Young people, possibly entering the workforce for the first time, are at an early stage in developing the necessary skills and awareness levels so employers need to pay special attention to them, particularly around their training and induction," Ms Harmon said.