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WHY MY FIRST JOB ONLY LASTED 2 HOURS

Did I have the shortest stint of employment in history?

New research conducted by Hayward Baker reveals that young employees (aged 16-29) are most likely to suffer injuries while on the job. There are many reasons people can become injured and ill in the workplace. As the infographic below shows the most common cause of injury is slippery floors, followed by lifting heavy items and unhealthy colleagues. A staggering 7 in 10 young workers say their workplace is a health hazard, this is a shocking statistic and one that needs to change to keep young people safe in the workplace.

I can relate to this research because I was injured whilst working in my first job. Thankfully, it wasn’t life threatening and didn’t require a visit to A&E but I do have a scar as a result which will be with me for life. The injury came about when I got a job in my local chip shop working after school and on weekends. It was my first day on the job and I was learning the ropes in the kitchen preparing salads. I wasn’t given any safety training and was simply instructed to grate the lettuce and prepare the ingredients for the salad. Unfortunately, I managed to grate the very tip of my thumb whilst grating some lettuce and that was the end of that job! The quickest stint of employment ever at around 2 hours! Annoyingly, I later learnt that there is a tool to use when grating salad to ensure fingers are kept well away from the grater but this was never given to me to use or mentioned.

My injury could have been avoided had I been given the correct training and unfortunately, that’s the case for many injuries which occur in the workplace. If you have been injured whilst at work and you’re unsure if you can make a claim against your employer you can use the free to use interactive Hayward Baker injury compensation calculator.

Have you been injured in the workplace?

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