No matter the industry in question, all employees working in the modern age should have the right to return home to their families in the same state in which they left, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case. Data published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals over 2.5 million non-fatal and 5000 fatal workplace injuries were recorded during 2021 alone, the latter of which demonstrating a significant increase of almost 9% when compared to the previous year.
Whilst there are numerous factors that can contribute to an increased risk of injury in workplace environments, including faulty equipment and overexertion, studies indicate a clear correlation between inadequate employee training programs and a higher frequency of workplace injuries.
When employees understand both the dangers involved in performing their roles and the tried and tested methods available to mitigate risks, the frequency of serious workplace injuries is likely to decrease. For HR personnel and management teams committed to protecting their team members from harm, here’s why employee training is crucial in ensuring a safe workplace.