CAMPAIGN TARGETS INEXPERIENCED WORKERS

EDMONTON, Alta. — The Alberta Motor Transport Association is one of five organizations joining with the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) in a new safety awareness campaign aimed at new workers.

Heads Up is a program geared toward young workers and their employers, which stresses the importance of worker safety during the first six months of employment.

“Of the injured workers WCB sees, we know that one out of two workers under the age of 25 were injured during their first six months on the job and for those over 25 – one out of four were injured during their first six months on the job,” says WCB president Mary Cameron. “It is critical for us to get the message out that if you don’t know the safest way to get the job done, you need to ask.”

The province-wide campaign will run from mid-March to late June to coincide with the busy hiring period.

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