Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Research on teen workers in Alberta

A couple of Alberta-specific studies about the employment of young people have recently been published.

In Incidence of work and workplace injury among Alberta teens, I report survey results from a convenience sample of approximately 2000 Alberta youth. Of those employed, 49.7 percent of adolescents and 59.0 percent of young persons reported at least one work-related injury in the previous year. This study also identifies widespread non-reporting of workplace injuries and seemingly ineffective hazard identification and safety training.

In Health and safety for Canadian youth in trades, Milosh Raykov and Alison Taylor find a high incidence of work-related injuries among youth in Ontario and Alberta apprenticeship training programs and low participation rates of younger workers in formal OHS training. Up to one fifth of former participants reported suffering serious occupational injuries, which required time off work.

-- Bob Barnetson

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