According to one of the largest insurance companies, Liberty Mutual Group, fatal and traumatic accidents occur more in jobs using unskilled labor.
Training workers is REQUIRED by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
1926.21(b)(2) The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.
OSHA will cite an employer for failure to train its workers and states: When there is a particularly egregious lack of compliance and exposure to hazards, OSHA can issue citations on a per-instance basis, in this case, representing one willful violation for each untrained employee exposed to a hazard.
The cost of an injury can be shocking when you calculate total revenue lost. OSHA states: Direct costs include workers’ compensation payments, medical expenses, and costs for legal services. Examples of indirect costs include training replacement employees, accident investigation and implementation of corrective measures, lost productivity, repairs of damaged equipment and property, and costs associated with lower employee morale and absenteeism.
And how much should you add for potential OSHA citations?
Safety pays and one of the most effective ways to keep workers safe is to train them to recognize and avoid hazards. The low cost of training is nothing when compared to the cost of just one injury. Reducing injuries keeps a company’s E-MOD ratings down and makes them more competitive. Training employees just makes good business sense.
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