A number of studies have concluded that injury rates tend to be higher for new workers. For example, The National Safety Council reported just this year that only one in five new workers receive safety training. Certain subgroups of new workers are at especially heightened risk, including those who toil in farming and construction.
Study authors note when new workers are performing unfamiliar and sometimes dangerous tasks, they need to be adequately trained – and too often, that’s not happening. Also, workers are often unsure about their rights, and they may not be sure they want to risk speaking up about a possible hazard.
New workers may also be less likely to report work-related injuries when they do occur. This is a mistake because a failure to report the injury right away could diminish the odds of having the company cover the medical costs associated with that injury, or lost wages. Also, reporting injuries forces companies to confront dangers that put all workers at risk, which is important for overall workplace safety.