TUC calls for better safety training for younger workers

16-08-2006

The TUC has called for employers to provide better training and enforcement of health and safety laws in order to protect young people at work.

Research from Hazards magazine, which is backed by the union, found that one young person aged between 16 and 24 is seriously injured at work every 40 minutes.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the TUC's health and safety expert, Hugh Robertson, said that a survey conducted by the union had found that many employers are unwilling to give health and safety training to younger workers who may only be in a job over the summer, on a temporary basis.

Despite a legal requirement for employers to provide health and safety training, and to do extra risk assessments if under-18s are employed, the survey found that more than one third of permanent young workers had received no training.

Mr Robertson denied that younger people were more at risk of injury due to them 'larking about' in the workplace, stating that people who have come from a school or college environment are not always aware of the risks a workplace can pose.

"We'd certainly like to see every employer doing a risk assessment where they've got young people. We'd like to see proper on the job training and supervision for every young person," he said.



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