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Safety blitz of Ontario workplaces launched in June

Toronto, ON -- Between 2002 and 2006, young workers 15-24 years of age accounted for approximately 17% of Ontario's...


Toronto, ON — Between 2002 and 2006, young workers 15-24 years of age accounted for approximately 17% of Ontario’s lost time and no lost time claims covered by the the province’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). During this five-year period, there were 65,401 lost time claims, 172,566 no lost time claims, and 49 workplace-related traumatic fatalities for this age group.<br>
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In an effort to reduce the province’s accident rate, in June 2008, the Ontario Ministry of Labour will be conducting a provincial blitz at Ontario workplaces. Their key focus will be on new and young workers, especially those in the service and manufacturing sectors.<br>
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Young workers often lack the experience to recognize and avoid workplace hazards and require specialized orientation and training to ensure their safety in the workplace, the ministry says.<br>
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