Protecting Our Young Workers from Injury

Sep 26, 2008 12:48 pm

The results are in and the statistics aren’t pretty. Workers Compensation Boards across Canada reported over 60,000 young people between the ages of 15-24 were injured significantly enough last year to miss time from work. Between 2-3% were left with a lifelong permanent disability. Over the past two years, 100 young workers in this age group across Canada lost their lives due to unsafe working conditions.

The Youth Workers’ Awareness Program states that in Ontario “…an average of 42 young worker are injured, made ill, or killed on the job every day. Think of it. That’s about 2 young workers injured every hour of every day and every night, seven days a week, and it’s often because of what they didn’t know.” Statistics from other provinces are similarly disheartening.

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