Workplace training programs are used to give employees the knowledge and skills to perform their work effectively without injuring themselves or coworkers. Training programs also include the most effective plan includes guidelines that assist employees in identifying potential hazards, reporting hazards, and managing incidents. This portion of training helps to prevent injuries for everyone.
Do I Have to Follow the Training?
Absolutely. There are thousands of accidents that have been reported to OSHA. Many of these accidents resulted in major injuries and even death. And all because someone was not working safely and actively using the training they were provided with. Below are some statistics derived from over many years of industry work.
- There are about 15+ deaths every day, or 100+ a week in the US work industry.
- According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2.8 of every 100 workers are injured at their workplace every day.
- Occupational fatalities have only increased since 2019.
According to the National Safety Council, in the United States, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. This means:
- 540 work injuries every hour
- 12,9000 work injuries per day
- 90,400 work injuries every week
- 7 million work injuries a year
Every injury has consequences beyond that of just being in pain. The three most common injuries in a workplace are:
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Soreness and pain
- Cuts, laceration, and punctures
All of these injury types result in one of two things. One, your ability to perform you tasks effectively is diminished. Or two, you have to take time off work to heal, and not many people can afford that.
It may seem daunting and time-wasting to follow all the safety policies and trainings to a T, but it is worth it in the end. Would your rather spend 5 minutes cleaning up a spill on the floor or have to miss work for over a month because you slipped and broke your hip?
For more information on safety training, you can visit our Hard Hat Training Series where we have a plethora or safety trainings that can help you and others stay safe at work. Take a look at courses like, Why Training Is Important for Safety?, or Why is OSHA and Safety Training Important? Stay safe!