Factsheets 62 - Young worker safety – advice for supervisors
According to European statistics, the work injury rate for young people aged 18-24 years is 50% higher than for any other age group of workers. Lack of adequate supervision contributes to this high accident count. Young people at work will be unfamiliar with their jobs, their surroundings and the risks associated with them. Inexperience will mean that they are unlikely to recognise risks or pay sufficient attention to them. There are also some specific restrictions on the work of under 18s. Therefore, in addition to training, young people are likely to need more supervision than adults. This includes students on work experience or training placements and new recruits.