Health and Safety Training: How to Prevent Work-Related Injuries and Deaths
In a modern-day working environment, there are numerous hazards that require extensive training and education in order to avoid. Without educational training, workers risk harming their bodies 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 last year 142 individuals died due to work-related injuries. Of these 142 individuals, 51 workers died in the services industry, 35 were killed in construction, 16 in manufacturing, 33 in agriculture and one in mining. These industries, and even ones which 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. There are also a number of health-related issues that workers could face. These include asbestos (often found in older buildings), Blood Borne Viruses, Legionella from water and cooling systems, and skin or respiratory hazards due to improper exposure. All of these are easily avoided with proper training, however many incidents are unfortunately still happening due to improper education of workers.
Avoiding workplace injuries and fatalities is important not just of course for the employee but also for employers, who risk losing valuable members of its 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. Follow-up and proper management is also important in avoiding workplace fatalities.
At the BCF Group, we provide customised hazard training to fit the needs of your company. Our extensive knowledge base allows us to train all employees in avoiding common injuries that could result in fatalities. Without training, employees risk making common mistakes that could prove highly dangerous for both them as well as your company.
With the right training, your employees will not only feel safer at work, but will actually be safer. While work can sometimes seem intuitive, safety and health information is not always well-known, and often times requires professional training. With in-person training, substantive materials and frequent refresher courses your workers will be safer: and so will your company!