Young Worker Injuries

Every workplace has its dangers. Yes, even a pillow factory. There's always a chance you could get hurt no matter what industry you work in. But you can lower that chance by using your three rights. Find out more about your industry so you know what to watch out for.

Fast facts



  • About 4000 young people work in agriculture in B.C.
  • 16 percent of all agriculture injuries involve young workers.
  • There have been one young worker deaths in the last five years.
  • Most dangerous jobs: nursery and greenhouse workers, general farm workers, harvesting labourers.

Injury anatomy



Top accidents

Falls


This includes falling to the ground from upper levels, ladders, and vehicles.

Struck by an Object


This includes being hit by things like carts, dollies, hand trucks, cutting hand tools, and even animals.

Overexertion


These injuries usually involve moving or lifting heavy objects such as boxes, crates, trees and logs.

Injury by gender

60%
40%
  • sprains
  • strains
  • tears
  • bruises
  • contusions
  • cuts
  • lacerations

Fast facts



  • 28,000 young workers are involved in construction projects across B.C.
  • Young workers are involved in 23 percent of construction injuries.
  • There have been 7 young worker deaths in the last five years.
  • Most dangerous jobs: construction helpers and labourers; carpenters, and carpenter’s apprentices.

Injury anatomy



Top accidents

Falls


These falls can be from elevations or from the ground level.

Struck by an Object


This includes being hit by cutting hand tools, fasteners, and lumber.

Overexertion


These injuries usually involve moving or lifting metal materials, lumber and other building materials.

Injury by gender

95%
05%
  • sprains
  • strains
  • tears
  • bruises
  • contusions
  • cuts
  • lacerations

Fast facts



  • In B.C., 4000 young people work in forestry, fishing, mining, and oil and gas.
  • Young workers are involved in 12 percent of forestry injuries.
  • There have been two young worker deaths in the last five years.
  • Most dangerous jobs: tree planters, logging and forestry labourers, chokermen/women.

Injury anatomy



Top accidents

Falls


Falls from trees are very common. So are falls from the ground level to floors or against trees and logs.

Struck by an Object


This includes being hit by trees, logs, chainsaws and ropers.

Repetitive Motion


Doing the same movements over and over in the same body position can often lead to injuries.

Injury by gender

83%
17%
  • sprains
  • strains
  • tears
  • bruises
  • contusions
  • fractures

Fast facts



  • There are 16,000 young manufacturing workers in B.C.
  • Young workers are involved in 15 percent of manufacturing injuries.
  • There have been three young worker deaths the in the last five years.
  • Most dangerous jobs: welders, mill workers, and wood product labourers.

Injury anatomy



Top accidents

Caught in Machinery


This includes being caught or compressed in boring, drilling, planing or milling machinery, and conveyors.

Struck by an Object


Watch out for things like cutting hand tools, metal building materials and lumber.

Overexertion


This is usually caused by moving or lifting heavy things like boxes, crates, metal building materials and lumber.

Injury by gender

90%
10%
  • sprains
  • strains
  • tears
  • bruises
  • contusions
  • cuts
  • lacerations

Fast facts



  • There are 71,000 young hospitality workers in B.C.
  • Young workers are involved in 30 percent of hospitality injuries.
  • There have been three young worker deaths in the last five years.
  • Most dangerous jobs: cooks, kitchen and food service helpers, and fast food preparers.

Injury anatomy



Top accidents

Burns


Extremely hot beverages, liquids and foods are often the cause.

Falls


These falls are most likely caused by wet or greasy floors.

Struck by an Object


These injuries usually involve drinking cups, beverage glasses, and boxes.

Injury by gender

54%
46%
  • sprains
  • strains
  • tears
  • bruises
  • contusions
  • cuts
  • lacerations
  • burns
  • scalds

Fast facts



  • About 86,000 young people work in retail stores across B.C.
  • Young workers are the victims in 26 percent of retail injuries.
  • There have been three young worker deaths in retail in the last five years.
  • Most dangerous jobs: retail salespersons/clerks, grocery clerks, warehouse workers.

Injury anatomy



Top accidents

Struck by an Object


This includes being struck by objects like boxes, crates, cutting hand tools and pallets. Injuries are also caused by striking against processing or sawing machinery, and shelving.

Overexertion


This involves straining yourself from lifting heavy bags, boxes, crates and pallets.

Injury by gender

60%
40%
  • sprains
  • strains
  • tears
  • bruises
  • contusions
  • cuts
  • lacerations

Know your job and its hazards

Raise Your Hand for proper safety training. Your employer must provide you with orientation and training in everything needed to protect your safety at work. This includes:

  • Potential hazards in the workplace
  • Safety/emergency procedures and practices
  • Location of first aid supplies/facilities
  • Identification of restricted or prohibited areas
  • Using and maintaining personal protective equipment
  • Procedures for reporting hazards and accidents
  • Close supervision to ensure that you have enough experience to perform the work safely
  • Taking action immediately when a worker tells them about a potentially hazardous situation