With the summer months beginning this is the time when students are starting new jobs. These young workers and/or new workers are at a high risk for getting injured while at work. New workers are 3 times more likely to be injured during their first month than other, more experienced workers. In Ontario, according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, between 2009 and 2013, 30 youth workers died in work related incidents and another 30,000 received injuries that led to lost time.
Now that the summer is finally here, many of you may find your workplace peppered with summer student or recent grad employees. In fact, hiring students for the summer may be a good business strategy not only to fill human resources gaps created by employee vacations, but also to invest in a potential future workforce and to take advantage of government subsidies which may be available to help to fund student positions.