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Workers at Risk Mentoring

In the early 2000s, a disturbing trend was noted: workers who were new on the job (within the initial six months) were more prone to being injured than their experienced counterparts – and new workers under the age of 25 were more than twice as likely to be injured as new workers over that age.  Clearly, there was an urgent need to address that situation.  It was decided that the best approach was to emphasise training and mentoring of new and young workers to prevent pain and suffering. The Alberta Construction Safety Association developed a program to focus on the need for enhanced training for new and young workers; COAA informed and encouraged the broad adoption of this practice.

The Worker at Risk Mentoring Best Practice has now been archived, having served its purpose of focusing attention on an area of elevated safety risk and encouraging adoption in our industry.  The concepts of paying attention to awareness, competency and attitude of new workers are now embedded in virtually all safety programs in our sector.  If you wish to review the archived documents, please contact the COAA office at admin@coaa.ab.ca.

Categories: Best Practice, Company Best Practice, Safety, Workers at Risk Mentoring


The Construction Owners Association of Alberta recognizes that COAA’s office in Edmonton is located within Treaty 6 Territory and within the Métis homelands and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4. We further acknowledge that what we call Alberta is the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations and we are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.