Unsafe is always unacceptable

Many young people find themselves working in unsafe conditions which can put them in danger, both mentally and physically. As a young worker, you have the right to be safe at work. As an employer, it’s your responsibility to keep your young workers safe.

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Date last updated

Thursday 19 Mar 2020

Industries and topics
  • Young workers

The social experiment

Across Victoria, many young people find themselves working in unsafe conditions. Fearful of speaking up, young workers can be asked to perform tasks that put them in danger, both mentally and physically. Because of their lack of experience, young workers are one of the most vulnerable groups in the workforce.

Together with leading psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, we conducted a real-life social experiment to uncover the extent of the problem.

We invited a group of people from 18yrs – 25yrs to a series of 'industry information sessions' where we outlined some of the unsafe conditions they could face. Each participant was asked whether they would be willing to work in these conditions. Sadly, 91%* said they would.

The experiment conducted under the guise of research as an industry information session. All featured participants signed release forms allowing WorkSafe Victoria to use the footage from the experiment. *91% is based on 21 of 23 participants stating they would be willing to accept a job like the one described in the information session.

Unsafe is always unacceptable

Behind the scenes

WorkSafe Victoria enlisted the services Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, one of Australia's highest profile psychologists, to help unpack what these young people were feeling throughout the process. See his insights and perspective on the experiment, as well clips from the participants after they took part in the session.

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