The general response of employees who have grown tired of safety training classes and groan at the mention of an upcoming class may not only be putting their own lives in danger, they may also be risking your health and safety if they fail to pay attention to the lessons being learned.
Safety training classes are a vital part of a company, especially when employees are working with heavy equipment and machinery. The classes encompass the essential rules and precautions that must be heeded to protect the health and safety of all workers on the floor. If you or your co-workers are not taking the classes seriously, you are putting everyone around you at risk.
Many employees dislike having to take safety classes because they are boring or because they feel they are worthless. Unfortunately, employees and companies with a good track record of having few accidents often get lax in their training and safety focus. That is, until something bad happens. Seeing a coworker get their hand or shirt trapped in a machine and not knowing what to do to help them is generally the time when workers get serious about paying attention and management gets serious about their training.
Becoming entangled in a machine has serious consequences including loss of extremities, broken bones, and may even lead to fatalities if proper treatment is not readily available. It is essential that you know how to react when something goes wrong and encourage your coworkers to also focus on safety. Conversely, if you feel your employer does not put enough focus on training and safety measures, you need to speak up.