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PPE like protective gloves could boost safety of young workers

Younger workers should be given more guidance on the correct use of machinery, research suggests, along with safety equipment that could include protective gloves.

Figures from the financial group Aviva show that during 2008, a number of large loss insurance claims were made involving workers under 18.

The firm believes that good risk management is therefore especially vital for younger employees working with machinery, noise or vibration.

Phil Grace, liability risk manager at Aviva's UK insurance business, commented that employers should seek guidance about employing younger workers as regulations may require increased training and risk assessments.

He added: 'Where an assessment identifies harmful exposure to toxic substances, radiation, extreme cold or heat, vibration, noise or work which is beyond their physical capacity, it is prohibited to employ a young person to carry out the work.'

The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for inspecting work sites in the UK, making sure that employers are complying with the necessary personal protective equipment regulations when required.

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