Statistics continually show that new workers are more likely to have accidents than other workers, regardless of the industry they work in, their age or occupation. Thus the person in charge of the business or undertaking (PCBU) needs to address the health and safety issues affecting new workers. An induction program is one way of addressing this issue.
A new worker is anyone undertaking a new job or task, this includes school leavers, casual and part-time workers, and also workers who are promoted within the organisation or transferred to another job.
The costs of injuries to new workers are enormous. Every time a worker is injured on the job, there is a loss of productivity. The worker may need to be replaced while they are unable to work, and this could result in recruitment and training costs. The injured worker will suffer pain and may end up with a permanent disability. The family can be devastated and co-workers have to deal with the trauma of a fellow worker being injured.
All new workers require adequate information and training to do their job safely. Reduce risk associated with new workers by having an effective induction process.