University of Regina research on preventative teenage work injuries

News Release Release Date: May 19, 2015 1:00 p.m.

University of Regina Faculty of Business associate professor, Dr. Sean Tucker, has co-authored research showing that teens – even those as young as 15 years of age – have suggestions for how to improve workplace safety, however, usually only speak up under certain conditions.

“We found that teens were more likely to speak up and share safety-related ideas with their supervisor when they also had an emotional attachment to their workplace,” says Dr. Tucker, whose primary area of research is occupational health and safety.

“Further, when young workers are speaking up at a high rate and they have a supervisor who, in the young worker’s mind, is genuinely interested in hearing about their ideas for how to improve safety, the young worker experiences fewer future physical injuries,” explains Dr. Tucker.

Dr. Tucker worked in collaboration with professor Nick Turner of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. The study was published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and funded by the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.

According to the Association of Workers Compensation Boards, in 2013, more than 30,300 people aged 15- 24 suffered from a job related injury in Canada. Among this group, young males are at highest risk.