Canadian High School Kids Learn About Workplace Safety From A Victim.
You may not know the name Nick Perry but students in Canada’s Rutland Senior Secondary School will never forget his story when he arrived and told his story last Tuesday.
15 years ago, Perry was working at a lumberyard in Victoria, B.C. when 42 loose sheets of fibre board weighing over 2,500 lbs. fell on top of him, leaving him with a severely-severed spinal cord. Nick Perry now walks with a brace on his left leg.
“[The accident] folded me in half so basically it knocked me over, pressed me down so my ears were touching my knees in between my legs,” said Perry.
Perry blames the accident on the limited training he was given and a lack of supervision. Now 35, Nick travels across all of Canada sharing his story with high school students.
“Sometimes a young worker will feel intimidated because the employment is such that either their co-workers may have a lot more experience or the employer is in business for a long time so they are not always apt to come forward,” Perry said.
According to WorkSafeBC, young workers between the ages of 15 and 24 are most likely to receive injuries in the workplace. The sectors with the highest risk for serious injuries include service and construction, both at 29%, followed by manufacturing at 17% and the trade sector 12%.
Whatever your workplace is, make sure you have the proper training and safety equipment is provided to you and all other workers. Your safety at work is always the first priority.