Speaking Out for Young Workers

Speaking Out for Young Workers

Commentary and news on occupational health and safety for young workers.


Understanding Why Young Worker Safety and Health Training is so Important

“Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off.” Paul Brodeur

As we develop and create our Center for Young Worker Safety and Health at GTRI, it is easy to get caught up in the statistics and the myriad of reasons why young worker safety and health training is so important. However, it is critical to remind ourselves that behind each statistic, there are human beings, young individuals at the beginning of their lives that are impacted by hazards in the workplace.

We would like to share with you a true story about a construction accident that nearly killed Curtis Zanussi, who was 24 years old at the time.  This video, created by WorkSafeBC, shows how each occupational injury has a far reaching impact in the lives of not only the individual, but the person’s family, friends, and co-workers.  Please take a few minutes out of your day to hear why young worker safety and health training and outreach it is so important all over the globe.

The Curtis Zanussi Story

Information on Curtis Zanussi was used with permission from WorkSafeBC. For more information on the Curtis Zanussi Story, for a discussion guide, or to view other videos produced by WorkSafeBC, please visit their website.

We want to hear your thoughts. Do you have a story you would like to share about an occupational injury or illness you experienced?  How could an accident like this have been prevented? What role do employers and supervision play in preventing injuries and illnesses? Share your comments below.