Stay Safe On The Job

From my Healthy Living column in Moncton’s Times & Transcript.

A week of summer vacation has already passed. This means that if you were hired for a job this summer, you’ve already started working.

When choosing which summer job to apply for, there are many factors to consider. Just to name a few, location; amount of time, experience, and education required; personal interests and talents; pay; and relations with coworkers and employers may all be factors. However, what about safety? Should it be considered?

Safety might not be the first thing to come to mind when working at a part time or summer job, but perhaps it should be. Each year in New-Brunswick, roughly 2000 fifteen to twenty-four year- olds report being injured at work.

A few young New-Brunswickers have even died at work. Unintentional injuries (all sorts; not strictly work related) are in fact the leading cause of death for people aged one to forty-four.

Could some work-related injuries be prevented? Yes, if a young worker receives proper training and applies what he learns. It is said that in general nine out of 10 unintentional injures are predictable and preventable. Speaking from personal experience I find amazing how many cuts and burns can be prevented in the kitchen simply by learning a few safety rules.

Where can you learn about injury preventing techniques?

On the web, a highly informative site, Young Worker Summer Job Safety, is offered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of United States Government.

If you’re looking for a course that will sharpen your workplace safety skills, visit

www.safetystart.gnb.ca (or call 506-458-8034) and wwwpassporttosafety.com/NBteachers. Both of these websites provide information on safety courses that are offered free of cost in New-Brunswick.

Regardless of what your summer job maybe it is important to know how to prevent injuries at work and to report injuries at work (all work-related injuries should be reported before the end of the work day that they occurred on).

To quote the injury prevention page on the NB government’s website, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.`

 

Originally published in the Times & Transcript on July 3rd, 2010.

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