In a modern-day working environment, there are numerous hazards that require training and education in order to avoid injuries. Without the correct safety training, workers risk harming themselves or even facing death.
According to UK Government statistics, the number of injured workers has steadily decreased over the past 20 years due in large part to the rising popularity of safety training. Unfortunately, many work environments do not provide such services and fatalities still occur. Just in 2017/2018, 144 individuals died due to work-related injuries. Of these 144 individuals, 62 workers died in the services industry, 38 were killed in construction, 15 in manufacturing and 29 in agriculture.
These industries, and even ones that are not typically considered high-risk working environments, present numerous hazards to workers that unless properly addressed could result in deadly consequences.
The most common workplace injuries are related to handling dangerous substances, misuse of machinery, electrocution, falling objects, motor vehicle accidents, and falling from height.All of these are easily avoided with proper training, however many incidents are unfortunately still happening due to improper education of workers.
The Benefits of Safety Training
Avoiding workplace injuries and fatalities is important not just of course for the employee but also for employers, who risk losing valuable members of their workforce to circumstances that could have been prevented with the right precautions. These precautions include extensive on-the-job safety training that educates workers on not only the hazards involved in their work but the correct ways to avoid such hazards.
If you’re just getting started at your job, you’ll need to work from the ground up. In this case, training becomes extremely important. Employees who aren’t properly trained for their jobs are much less likely to excel, which means the business itself slows down.
Training prepares employees for all types of experiences and gives them the confidence and know-how to get the job done right. If you have been in your job for a long time, even the best employees have some weaknesses when it comes to their workplace skills. Ongoing training allows you to find and address any weaknesses, helping you to be more rounded and better skilled at every factor of your job.
Refreshers are also very important, they help people return to work after long absences, give newcomers the confidence they need to succeed and ensure that everyone is caught up with all the current legislation and the newest industry developments.
Don't wait for an injury, prevent it by scheduling your training.