Author Bio ▼

I am a journalist with 13 years of experience on trade publications covering construction, local government, property, pubs, and transport.

As the editor of Safety and Health Practitioner, I am always eager to talk with health and safety professionals about exciting stories from the sector.

Please do drop me an email on [email protected] if you have a story to tell.

September 7, 2017

Get the SHP newsletter

Daily health and safety news, job alerts and resources

World Congress

Young ‘more likely’ to be injured at work than older colleagues

Young millennials are more likely to suffer injury at work than older workers, according to new data from the International Labour Organisation.

The study, presented at the 21st World Congress on Safety and Health at Work this week, claims workers aged 15 to 24 are 40% more likely to get injured than older colleagues.

Speaking at the youth element of the conference held in Singapore, the country’s second minister for manpower, Josephone Teo, said younger workers needed to be better prepared for hazards at work.

Teo also said that millennials could then play a key role in raising awareness of safety and health in the workplace, once educated.

She said that a strong safety culture needed to ‘become ingrained’ – and work was happening to ensure this was the case.

Workplace experience

She claimed that the higher rate of incidents was due to a lack of workplace experience, and being temporary or part-time in roles. Teo also claimed that health and safety concerns were ‘far from their minds’.

Teo spoke about the case of a 22 year old worker who accidentally injected fish vaccine into her palm which became a bacterial skin infection resulting in being hospitalised.

The country’s ministry of manpower, responsible for safety in the workplace, found the firm had not trained employees on safety and had inadequate risk assessment and safe working procedures

She said: “You can do your part by practising good safety and health behaviours”.

Teo encouraged the sharing of knowledge and speaking out about witnessing poor practices in the workplace.

Remain compliant, save money and stay up to date Staying up to date with the latest legislation and guidance can be a real nightmare, Barbour EHS can help you to find everything you need to see from over 800 trusted industry sources in one handy place, and you can even set up bespoke alert updates highlighting specific information. Barbour also provides you with practical tools to help you with the task of keeping stakeholders around your organisation in the know and there is so much more we can offer you too. Click here to request more information

Related Topics

Leave a Reply

newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Eddie Connell

This may be the case in Singapore but according to Riddor stats the U.K sees a larger proportion of injuries and fatalities being suffered by men older than 35