Three MEPs have backed a campaign to reduce the number of young people injured at work.
Conservative MEP Chris Heaton-Harris, UK Independence Party representative Derek Clark and Jean Lambert of the Green Party threw their weight behind a six-point plan produced by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
The Putting Young Workers First campaign calls for:
- Health and safety to be part of teacher training
- Health and safety education to be a mandatory part of every curriculum
- Better vetting of work experience placements
- Better supervision during work experience placements
- Tighter accident reporting involving young people
- The government to make health and safety a priority
Heaton-Harris said: “It is our responsibility to ensure that our young people are adequately prepared for starting work.
“With 64 under-19s killed in the workplace in the last decade and a further 15,000 suffering major injuries, this is clearly a matter that requires prompt attention.”