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Young Christmas workers at higher risk

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As the annual flood of young workers enters the workforce across the state in the lead up to Christmas, WorkSafe Victoria is calling on employers to ensure proper training and supervision is provided.

“Young Victorian workers between 15 and 25 have the highest proportion of work-related injury as well as a higher rate of hospitalisation than other age groups,” WorkSafe’s Executive Director, John Merritt said.

“Young and inexperienced workers are coming into the workforce in many areas, but particularly as shop assistants hospitality and warehouses.”

“They need a higher level of supervision than experienced people and should never be left alone to work.”

To help Victorian employers make their workplaces safe for young workers WorkSafe has just released three new publications aimed at young workers and their employers.

The work experience induction checklist, training checklist for young workers and safety tips for young workers is easy to read guides that address issues from training to supervision.

The new publications also address the responsibilities of young workers in the workplace.

“Safety isn’t a one way street it also needs young workers letting their supervisor know if they are unsure about dangers or risks as well as acting in a manner that doesn’t jeopardise the safety of their fellow workmates” Merritt said.

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