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Tuesday, 6 February, 2018 - 13:30
Two young workers have died and a third has been seriously injured in three separate incidents in Victorian workplaces over a two day period.
In the first incident, a man in his early 20s was seriously injured when he fell at an apartment construction site in Fitzroy.
Although there were no witnesses to the incident, it is believed the man fell about six metres.
In the second incident, a 29-year-old was electrocuted while working near a live switchboard at a factory in Dandenong.
In the third incident, a 17-year-old girl working as a stablehand died after falling from a horse at a property at Tyaak, near Broadford.
WorkSafe Victoria is investigating all three incidents, which has prompted the regulator to warn employers of the need to make sure employees returning from holidays or starting work for the first time fully understood the risks involved.
“At this time of year many young workers are starting new jobs, or perhaps entering the workforce for the first time, and other workers are returning to work after taking a break,” said WorkSafe Victoria head of operations and emergency management Adam Watson.
“It’s important that employees starting at new worksites are properly briefed on how to perform tasks safely and that those returning to work are reminded of the risks.”
Watson said young workers were particularly vulnerable and needed extra care and attention from supervisors.
“Young workers often lack experience and can be reluctant to ask questions,” he said.
“They need to be educated about the risks involved in their jobs.
“Employers need to ensure they receive the correct training and supervision and feel comfortable about speaking up if they are uncertain about any task they are given.”