This program is intended to help employers keep new employees, whether experienced or inexperienced, safe and on the job. Employers should adapt the program to fit their unique needs.
During the past decade, newly assigned employees in the Industrial and Construction Industry suffered the highest rates of fatalities and catastrophic injuries.
Approximately 65% of fatalities occurred within the first year of service. About 34% of fatalities occurred within the first three months of a new assignment!
There is clearly an urgent need and opportunity for employers to address this problem and safeguard newly hired workers. The following information will help you create a Short Service Employee Program or improve an existing program.
This procedure applies to all company facilities and worksites. It is important to ensure that newly placed employees work under the direction of experienced personnel.
Short Service Employees should make up no more than 50% of a single crew at one time.. Further, a crew of 5 employees or less should include no more than one Short Service Employee at a time. Subcontractors should be included in this program.
A Short Service Employee (SSE) should be under this program for at least six months and until the SSE demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their tasks safely.