Last year 125,000 Canadians aged 15 to 24 years old were injured on the job — a statistic Rob Ellis finds unacceptable.The president of MySafeWork, a program that promotes safety in all industries, has campaigned for a safer workplace since his son's death from an incident on his second day on a job at a bakery in 1999. He was 18.
As part of a health and safety event at the College of Carpenters and Allied Trades (CCAT) in Toronto, Ellis spoke to about 60 Grade 12 students in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) who are preparing to start work in construction as first-year apprentices.
He encouraged the young workers to take jobs with "champion companies," firms that take health and safety seriously. Ellis told the apprentices it is important that they know their rights, including their right to refuse work when they think it might be unsafe.