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Young worker awareness campaign launches today

Markham, ON -- Monday, September 29, 2008, is the first day of Healthy Workplace Month, providing an opportunity to...


Markham, ON — Monday, September 29, 2008, is the first day of Healthy Workplace Month, providing an opportunity to talk workplace health and safety with young workers and engage them in initiating and sustaining a healthy workplace, says Maureen Shaw, president and CEO of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA).

Shaw offers some noteworthy statistics about young worker safety:

– In the past year, there have been a number of young worker injuries and fatalities, which is being reported more and more by the media.

– In 2006, 11,382 young workers, between the ages of 15 and 24, were injured to the extent that they were unable to work for at least one day.

– In 2006, 10 young workers, between the ages of 15 and 24, were killed as a result of a work-related accident or injury.

– In the first four weeks on the job, young workers are over five times more likely to be injured while at work.

– Young workers, individuals between the ages of 15 to 24 years old, make up approximately 15% of the Canadian workforce. This small percentage of the workforce is especially vulnerable to workplace injuries, illness and death. A recently conducted Canadian health survey found young workers to be twice as likely to fall victim to a work-related injury as adults.
– IAPA’s young worker orientation program, First 4 Weeks, received a first place Multimedia Training award at the International Film and Multimedia Festival held during the XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Seoul, Korea.

For more information, visit www.iapa.ca.