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Young Workers and Workplace Injury
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Workplace injuries are preventable. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe at work.

If you are asked to do a task that you think is unsafe – you have the right to say NO and refuse to do the work. Click here for tips on saying No.

  1. Get some training and learn how to identify hazards, manage risks and do the job safely before you start.
  2. Ask your supervisor to watch and check that you are doing the job the right way.
  3. Speak up and let supervisors know if you think a task is too dangerous or difficult for you.
  4. Ask questions and check with supervisors and co-workers when you aren't sure or can't remember how to do a job safely.
  5. Learn what to do and where to get help in an emergency.
  6. Always follow the safety rules and procedures.
  7. Always wear any personal protective equipment provided by your employer.
  8. Report all injuries (minor or major), WHS incidents and near misses.
  9. Look out for and report hazards.
  10. Keep an eye on your co-workers, especially if they are new to the workplace and don't know all the WHS issues.
  11. Try to get a good night’s rest before heading into work. Feeling tired can lead to dangerous mistakes.
  12. If you have a safety concern, talk with more experienced workers such as supervisors, co-workers or your family to get some advice.

To help you start a new job safely, try asking your supervisor the following questions. Click here for 10 Safety Questions to ask your supervisor.

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Who are young workers?

Young workers are those aged up to 25 years old and include young people who are:

  • leaving school and starting full-time work
  • employed as casual or part-time workers
  • completing work experience or vocational training