Minimum-age restrictions brought in for young workers in B.C.

By Darron Kloster
Victoria Times Colonist
October 12, 2022
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Labour outlined new age requirements for young workers, saying they must be at least 16 before working in construction or doing jobs from dangerous heights, and at least 18 before they can work in a sawmill, use a chainsaw or drill for gas and oil. The amended employment standard regulations take effect Jan. 1. …WorkSafe B.C. has collected tragic stories over the years of young people on jobs sites … who have suffered similar life-altering experiences: A forklift driver paralysed after a load of plywood slipped off and broke his back, a lumber processor who lost his leg while tangled in a chain, and a pizza dough maker who lost three fingers in a machine accident. …Several jobs were identified as hazardous for young workers, including construction, forestry, food processing, the oil, gas and power sectors, work that involves asbestos removal, and being in confined spaces.

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