Young employees: limit the risk of accidents on the job

  • July 13, 2022
  • Industrial accident, Work
Jeune travailleuse portant un casque de sécurité dans un entrepôt

Whether you work all summer or one weekend a month, your workplace must be safe. The Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) makes sure of this.

Prevention is a priority

A young worker is more likely to have an accident than an experienced one. So that you remain safe on the job, your employer must: 

You also have a role to play:

Do you feel that a task is putting your safety at risk? You have the right to refuse to do it.

If you get hurt

Were you hurt on the job? The CNESST could grant you compensation or reimburse you for some medical or other fees, under certain conditions. 

The CNESST’s public insurance plan covers most workers in Québec who are paid a salary by an employer. To qualify, you don’t have to work full-time, have a regular work schedule or be a long-time employee. 

Here are a few examples of situations in which you could qualify for the CNESST’s public insurance plan:

Need information or help?

The CNESST website can provide further information on protecting young workers.

Have you had dealings with the CNESST and are dissatisfied with the outcome? Contact the Québec Ombudsman. We handle complaints about the CNESST free of charge and without complicated red tape.

Also read: Working at 14-years-old: what’s legal?