MOL Summer Blitz - New and Young Workers
The Ontario government is focusing on the safety of new and young workers during a four month enforcement blitz across Ontario. As of May 1, 2014, inspectors have been checking to make sure employers are complying with Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). This includes checking that new and young workers:
are being instructed, trained and supervised on the job,
meet minimum age requirement, and are
following required safety measures and procedures to prevent injuries
Between 2006 and 2012, 48 young workers aged 15 to 24 died in work-related incidents and more than 58,000 received injuries resulting in lost time at work.
Many young workers who received lost-time injuries were employed as labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities as well as retail salespeople, food counter attendants and kitchen helpers.
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