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ATT Safety Leadership Podcast, Season 2 Episode 2: Young people in construction and renewables – what are the risks and benefits?


The ATT Safety Leadership Podcast is back for another two-part episode, this time focusing on young people in construction and renewables. With more young people and apprentices being encouraged to join the construction and infrastructure sectors, some via the Government Kickstart scheme, we explore the safety implications and benefits of this recruitment drive.

Research from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, has shown that young workers (within the age group of 15 to 24 years) are 50% more likely to be involved in an accident at work, compared with the rest of the workforce. A range of factors may contribute to this, including lack of workplace experience.*

In part one of this two-part mini-series, we talk to leaders in the field, employers and young people themselves to uncover the facts, the risks, differences in generational needs, and the steps that need to be taken to ensure young people are working safely. Featuring Jennifer Webster, Chartered Psychologist and Registered Occupational Psychologist at HSE’s Science and Research Centre, Lauren Little, Stakeholder Advisor for the Humber at Ørsted, and Oliver Booth, Apprentice Wind Turbine Technician at Ørsted.

Ultimately, this is about more than just young people in construction and renewables. With the right inspiration, opportunities and work culture, employers can foster environments which nurture the safety and wellbeing of a vertical slice of the workforce, from the apprentices to the most senior members of staff.

Listen to the full episode on our website or iTunes, and stay tuned for part two of this discussion featuring Costain’s Lee Davies, and members of Construction Youth Trust.

*source: Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Wiki: Young People – Jennifer Webster, Health & Safety Laboratory, UK: https://oshwiki.eu/wiki/Young_workers

If you would like further information on how best to support your younger workforce please go to Young people at work (hse.gov.uk). HSE also has a range of advice and guidance about protecting the health and safety of other potentially vulnerable groups of workers (new recruits, older workers, migrant workers, lone workers, temporary workers, new and expectant mothers) available at Vulnerable Workers – HSE.


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