Summer is in full swing, and the teens you hired for the season are working out just fine. But don’t be too complacent. Teen workers’ inexperience and possible discomfort with asking questions could result in accidents and injuries.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) suggests that employers take the following four steps to help prepare young workers to work safely.
1. Double-check tasks. What may be obvious to an adult employee may not be so clear to a teen tackling a task for the first time. Train youths to work safely by:
- Giving them clear instructions and telling them what safety precautions to take
- Asking them to repeat your instructions and giving them an opportunity to ask questions
- Showing them how to perform the task
- Watching them as they do it, and correcting any mistakes
- Asking if they have any additional questions.
Once young workers know what to do and have demonstrated that they can do the job right, check aga...(register to read more)