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Proper safety training may keep you out of the hospital

Strict measures are put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to prevent industrial accidents that could lead to injuries and death. However, violations are prevalent because some employers continue to prioritize profits over employee welfare. Fractures, sprains and strains, and open wounds, along with catastrophic injuries from falls frequently occur in industrial facilities across Kansas.

If you work in a factory, you might have realized that proper safety training can limit the number of injuries you and your coworkers suffer. OSHA provides training guidelines for business owners to help with teaching employees how to recognize safety hazards and how to protect themselves from harm.

Falling from heights

The risk of falling from an elevated level is not limited to the construction industry. You may face similar risks in a factory. While fall protection can save your life, it will be of little value if you do not know how to use it. Safety instructors can teach you the correct way to wear a fall harness and also show you how to ensure secure attachments to anchor points.

Machine use

Incorrect use of equipment leads to many deaths and catastrophic injuries, like amputations, every year. You will be a whole lot safer if you never operate a piece of machinery without adequate training. This applies to mechanical and motorized equipment such as forklifts. Furthermore, knowing how to work with lockout/tag-out devices if you do maintenance or cleaning of equipment is essential.

Bodily strains

Every person's physical strength and resistance to injuries differs, and proper training can teach you techniques that might prevent musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains, strains and fractures. You can also learn how to assess risks and recognize your limits.

Medical emergencies

Safety authorities advise that at least one member of staff should receive extensive first-aid training to help stabilize an injured employee while waiting for emergency workers. Even if you are not that person, you might benefit from learning basic first-aid techniques, including how to do CPR. Those are skills that may save your own life and also the lives of injured co-workers while waiting for qualified paramedics to respond to emergencies.

While it may not be possible to prevent all work-related injuries, learning as much as possible during safety training sessions may keep you safe from most industrial hazards. However, knowing that workers' compensation benefits are available in the aftermath of an on-the-job injury may provide some peace of mind.

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