Risk of injury for new employees is higher than for more experienced co-workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that in 1989, 48% of workers injured had been on the job less than 1 year. The primary reason for the likelihood for new workers to be hurt is lack of information.
All possible precautions should be taken by the employer to prevent accidents. This includes proper instruction of new employees in all aspects of workplace safety, as well as providing and installing proper safety equipment.
OSHA offers various bulletins and guides related to worker safety, and offers courses on safety and health in general industry and construction. It also sponsors regional safety and health training sessions around the country.