Do you employ young workers? Young workers are those new to the workforce, even up to age 24. Young workers can be an asset to your workforce. However, it may be their first job or the first time they are operating equipment.
Just remember, younger workers bring unique and often substantial risks for work-related injuries and illnesses. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers an abundance of helpful advice and tips. Here are four:
- Make sure young employees are properly equipped and trained, especially when they may be exposed to hazardous materials and conditions.
- Take a second (and third) look at your work site to find an eliminate hazards.
- Remember young workers are not just “little adults.” They are inexperienced and not yet fully developed physically, cognitively, or emotionally. They may hesitate to voice questions. Be mindful of the unique nature of youths when communicating proper procedures, and verify that the young workers understand them.
- Implement a mentoring or buddy system where an adult or experienced young worker helps answer questions and teach the new employee the ropes.
Despite your best efforts, injuries may occur. Be sure your commercial insurance program provides the proper protection for all of your workers, including the younger ones. Request a coverage review from your Brunswick Companies expert today by calling 800-686-8080.
Reprinted with permission from Selective Insurance Group, Inc. Brunswick Companies is an independent insurance agency representing only A Rated carriers. We value our carriers’ investments in research and proudly share their market insights.