Here are four fast facts for you:
- More than 5,000 young workers have claims accepted by WCB for workplace injuries every year.
- Some 23 young workers have been killed at work in Manitoba since 2000.
- Workers new to a job are four times more likely to be injured in their first month of employment than at any other time in their job tenure.
- About 75% of youth work for businesses that have less than 19 employees, which often have few resources to devote to safety programs and training, and which have no legislated health and safety committee to help keep workers safe.
It is a pretty dangerous world out there for young workers, but as an educator you can play a big role in helping keep your students safe by equipping them with important knowledge about workplace safety and health in the classroom.
Safe Workers of Tomorrow provides workplace health and safety information to students at no cost to the school, anywhere in Manitoba.
Our presentations range from a one hour general health and safety presentation, to a full day health and safety practicum. Topics covered in the presentations include worker rights and employer responsibilities, hazard recognition and control, health and safety legislation and WHMIS, and injury reporting and the role of the Workers Compensation Board.
Presentations are delivered by energetic and knowledgeable SAFE Workers of Tomorrow staff and volunteers who employ a variety of techniques to engage participants and foster student led discussions.
Students receive a workplace safety and health resource book and other useful take away items to help them after the presentation is done.
“As a school division and the province’s 2nd largest community, we are very proud of the workplace safety and health education that our young people are receiving, thanks mainly to SAFE Workers of Tomorrow. The information they present is timely and current, including the Resource Handbook and videos. The presenters are engaging and able to deliver what could be a dry and boring topic to teenagers in an interesting and meaningful way. SAFE Workers of Tomorrow are true leaders in the creation of an effective safety and health culture for the Province of Manitoba and without them our young people would not be getting this message!” – Janie McNish, Work Placement Coordinator – Brandon School Division
Take Our Kids To Work Day
If your students are participating in Take Our Kids to Work™ Day, we can help you with some of the necessary preparatory activities recommended to help keep them safe! More information here: Learn about your responsibilities on Take Our Kids to Work Day