Site targets youth safety

first_img Previous Article Next Article Site targets youth safetyOn 1 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Surveyhighlights employer negligence of young, inexperienced workers in health andsafety practicesBetween1998 and 1999 20 young people were killed at work and more than 20,000 wereinjured. Asurvey of small businesses has shown four out of five small firms put youngworkers lives in danger by failing to carry out proper health and safetyprocedures. Dyingto Start Work, carried out by insurer Norwich Union highlights the confusionamong employers about their responsibilities: although 99 per cent of respondingemployers said they have a moral responsibility to ensure young peopleunderstand health and safety issues at work, only 20 per cent knew how to goabout it.Thefindings have led Norwich Union to join forces with the Royal Society for thePrevention of Accidents (Rospa) to create a web site offering advice on how toprotect young people from accidents. The site highlights the responsibilitiesyoung people, employers and work experience organisers all have to ensuresafety in the workplace and includes risk assessment forms and checklists to bedownloaded.Rospaoccupational safety adviser Roger Bibbings said,  “Young people are often more at risk in the workplacebecause of a lack of experience and trained judgement. This makes it even morevital that they are given additional support and guidance.” employers think they have a moral duty to ensure young people understandhealth and safety issues at work90%of employers take on young workers even though they are not entirely sure oftheir readiness for the world of work80%of employers blame schools for ill-preparing pupils for the workplace20%of employers think their young workers are over-confident17%of employers carry out risk assessments on workers under the age of 186%of employers admit a young person on work experience or doing a summer job hashad an accident in their work place, of which a third were serious or requiredtreatment Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img

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