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Lifting Tops Dangers for Young British Columbia Workers

Lifting Tops List of Seven Dangers for Young British Columbia Workers


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WorkSafeBC, British Columbia’s workers compensation agency, says young workers in that province are most likely to be injured while lifting objects.

Each year in BC, about 950 young workers are injured while lifting objects while working as retail and grocery clerks, laborers, material handlers, and shippers and receivers. Overexertion-related lifting injuries include sprains, strains and tears while lifting boxes, crates, bags, buckets, pallets, lumber and structural metal materials.

Here, in descending order, are other causes of young worker injuries in a top seven list compiled by WorkSafeBC.

  1. Working at elevated levels causes about 900 young worker injuries every year in BC. These workers are involved in a variety of jobs using ladders, stairs, or scaffolding or requiring tasks to be performed on other raised areas.
  2. Working with knives causes about 525 injuries among young workers every year in BC, in jobs involving cooking, food service, retail and shelf stocking.
  3. Working with hot substances or objects causes some 350 young worker injuries in BC every year—most of those occurring in the hospitality and service industries.
  4. Using mobile equipment or motor vehicles results in about 250 young worker injuries per year in BC. These incidents may occur in any type of work requiring driving, riding or operating mobile equipment, or working near mobile equipment.
  5. Working with food slicers injures about 150 young workers each year in BC. These injuries most often occur among deli sales clerks, cooks, food service workers and retail sales clerks employed in supermarkets.
  6. Working in proximity to running equipment or machinery results in about 125 young worker injuries in BC each year. These injuries generally occur among laborers in manufacturing or construction, material handlers, bakers and cooks.

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