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    :: Saturday, July 30, 2005 ::

    Young workers have higher injury, fatality rates in the workplace. - Part two of a three-part series on Risks in the Workplace, by Joanne MacDonald, Straight Goods, Canada
    Through his organization, Our Youth At Work, Ellis travels throughout Canada and internationally, speaking to students, parents, unions and business executives about the importance of young workers asking questions about safety on the job.

    "Most accidents in most jobs occur in the first 30 days. That is the critical period for accidents occurring for young workers. Not many parents realize that's happening," says Ellis. "I assumed my own son would be looked after, be given orientation and training. I was wrong. I don't think I was any different from most parents in North America. We just haven't talked about our workplaces."

    Ellis says changes need to occur at both the grassroots and executive levels so young workers will realize they have a right to refuse unsafe work.
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