The COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately also triggered some of the uglier human impulses, with racist attitudes and misconceived blame for the disease taken out on people of Asian heritage in some areas. Managers should be vigilant in ensuring no-one at their workplace is subjected to discrimination or harassment.
Again and again, courts have pointed to the greater vulnerability to work injury of inexperienced workers such as young people and apprentices, as well as those with communication difficulties. Employers must also provide adequate information, training and the level of supervision necessary to ensure workers have understood instructions and comply with proper safe work practices.
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