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More evidence of youth neglect in Sweden as work place injuries increased last year

Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Maybe they have had it much better today than their greying seniors, which is why Sweden has not done to assist the Swedish youth into proper carrier path as could have been expected according to rhetoric.

A new report from the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket), holds that too little introduction and proper induction process in new tasks and jobs environment means that more young men are susceptible to injured at work than would have been expected from a leader in work place safety like Sweden.

According to the report which compiled all reported work injuries in 2011, it show that last year, around 107 000 work-related injuries occurred in Sweden. Of these, just over a quarter were so serious that they resulted in sick leave, something assessed to have been more than a year earlier. According to Hakan Olsson, of the Work Environment, one group has seen its accident number increased dramatically.

They are young men of between 20 to 25 years of age who primarily works for the staffing sector. Their tasks include transport, storage, retailing and construction.

One reason attributed to this is the lack of proper introduction into the jobs or task they are given. Employers who are in these places do not take the time to provide information on the procedures and rules, according to Hakan Olsson.

Last year, 57 fatal accidents occurred on the country's workplaces the most vulnerable is the farming and construction professionals.

The number of people who suffered illness because of work increased last year compared with 2010. Around 10,000 people became sick and the most common are problems with the muscles and joints.

Hakan Olsson said that “We see it in health care and day care centres. It is often women who have worked for a while in this business who are mostly affected. It has grown over time and after a while it looks like some sort of occupational disease. It may caused for example by  heavy lifting or poor ergonomic conditions.”
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