The Dangers of Lack of Training

The Dangers of Lack of Training

27th January 2015

The UK Health and Safety Executive has published the health and safety statistics for 2013 – 2014 and show that during that time 28.2 million days were lost due to work related injury or ill health.   A massive 4.7 million of these days were lost as a direct result of injury in the workplace and these lost working days cost Britain an estimated £14.2 billion during that time.  Here at Safety Fabrications, we’re constantly stressing just how important adequate training is to ensure the health and safety of the workforce so today we’re going to take a look at some of the very real dangers that can arise due to a lack of training.

Experts have blamed lack of training for many accidents which occur in the workplace, calling for employers in the UK to provide their employees with the necessary training to perform their jobs in a safe and efficient manner.  They have revealed that this training will not only lead to fewer accidents at work, but will increase productivity as well, an important factor for any employer in the current economic climate.

Many employers are tempted to sidestep the statutory guidelines and impose their own health and safety rules within their organisations which can lead to accidents ranging from minor slips and falls to serious incidents resulting in fatalities.

Workers who are poorly or incompletely trained (or those who were forced to start work towards the end of their training period) are particularly at risk in the modern workplace.  Employers who do not provide thorough and complete training for their workers are liable to face compensation claims if workers are injured as a result of this.  Elementary training without hands on experience is inadequate and puts workers at an unnecessary risk.

During the time period 2013 – 2014, 133 workers were fatally injured here in the UK which gives us a fatal injury rate of 0.44 per 100,000 workers.  Of the main industrial sectors, construction, agriculture and waste and recycling have the highest rates of fatal injuries, with these sectors accounting for 42, 27 and 4 fatal injuries respectively. 

During the same time period, 77,593 non-fatal injuries to employees were reported – although this represents a downward trend, there is still so much room for improvement here in the UK.  Of the non-fatal injuries, the most common types were caused by slips and falls (accounting for 28%), handling, lifting or carrying (accounting for 24%) and being struck by moving objects ((10%).  The majority of these incidents resulted in absences from work of more than 3 days.

Although the workplace death and injury statistics have been falling year on year (probably due to our stringent health and safety laws here in Britain), the numbers still highlight the need to adequate training, especially in the industries that present a higher risk – namely construction, agriculture and waste and recycling.