To highlight health and safety risks to new and inexperienced employees in the workplace, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council works in partnership with Councils from across Northern Ireland and the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI).
The HSENI statistics show how young and inexperienced recruits, new to a workplace are three times more likely to be injured, than their more experienced workmates.
Bryan Edgar, Head of Health and the Built Environment at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council commented, “Young and inexperienced recruits who are new to a workplace are often unfamiliar with their new surroundings and the associated risks. They could also be reluctant to raise any concerns they have, being eager to impress their workmates and managers.
“Officers from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Health and Safety Department will visit businesses throughout the Borough. This is to ensure new or inexperienced recruits are being given the appropriate information and training to keep them and others safe in the workplace.
“I’d encourage all businesses to ensure they are taking necessary precautions to ensure new employees are safe, particularly those with a high turnover of staff or those who employ vulnerable groups such as young people or migrant workers.”
For further information on this initiative contact your local Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Office or visit the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) website at www.hseni.gov.uk/newtothejob and www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk