In today’s rapidly changing workplace, the need for skilled and knowledgeable workers has never been more critical. Unfortunately, many workers lack the training they need to succeed in their jobs, resulting in lower productivity and increased workplace accidents.
Because employers also suffer consequences from poor employee training, including high turnover and increased workers’ compensation premiums, it’s in everyone’s best interest to ensure that workers in all industries get the necessary training they need to create safe and successful workplaces.
Alabama work injury and fatality statistics
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees in Alabama suffered more than 32,000 workplace injuries and illnesses in 2021. On top of that, more than 20,000 of these injuries were classified as “severe,” meaning that they required days off work, job transfers or other significant actions.
Sadly, some workers in Alabama aren’t just hurt on the job—they’re killed. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cited more than 100 cases of work fatalities in the state of Alabama in 2021 alone. This is up from previous years.
Lack of training leads to workplace tragedy in Alabama
In 2023, a Hyundai supplier named Ajin USA was hit with a $1.3 million fine for safety violations in the workplace. The lawsuit was the result of a worker fatality: A young woman was crushed to death by a robotic cell on an assembly line.
According to OSHA, her death could’ve been prevented if the factory had been following workplace safety guidelines rather than taking shortcuts to “minimize downtime and maintain production.” Their investigation found many other health and safety violations as well. In total, Ajin USA was cited for 51 violations, including 48 “willful violations.”
Preventable work injuries in the U.S.
Alabama isn’t the only state where workers get hurt. Overall, there were more than 4,400 preventable workplace injuries across the U.S. in 2021. This figure is up 9% from previous years. The most hazardous industries were cited as:
What counts as inadequate training in the workplace?
Are you concerned about workplace safety? Do you feel like you haven’t been properly trained to do your job?
Here are just a few examples of poor or insufficient training that can apply to multiple industries:
- Not having formal training to use machines, tools or equipment
- Not educating employees on the risks of job-related actions
- Having inadequate supervision or oversight
- Not having emergency plans and procedures in place
- Having a lack of transparency regarding job demands or expectations
- Not sharing important information like safety or alarm codes
- Failing to provide personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Failing to maintain machines or teach employees to maintain machines
- Encouraging employees to cut corners or take shortcuts to speed up production or save money
- Keeping poor records, especially for safety incidents
- Hiring unqualified workers
If you recognize any of these red flags at your job, it might be time to take action to improve the occupational health and safety of your workplace.
Common work accidents caused by inadequate training
There are many ways that things can go wrong in the workplace, especially in busy or high-risk environments like warehouses.
Some common examples of workplace accidents caused by inadequate training include:
Common injuries that occur from inadequate training
Preventable workplace injuries can run the gamut from “mildly annoying” to “severely and permanently debilitating.” Here are just a few examples:
If you’ve suffered any of these injuries at work, you might want to seek out legal representation to help you pay your medical bills and recover lost wages through a workers’ compensation claim.
The benefits of employee training
The most obvious advantage of workplace training is the prevention of injuries, illnesses, disabilities and deaths. However, the physical safety of employees isn’t the only reason that businesses should invest in good training programs.
Productivity, for example, is greatly increased in an environment where everyone knows what they’re doing and has the proper equipment to do it. Morale is better as well. When employee rights are respected, they’re less likely to quit, raising retention rates and lowering turnover rates.
There’s a financial incentive to proper workplace training, too. Businesses can avoid fines and lawsuits when they lower their amount of workers’ compensation claims.
What is OSHA’s role in preventing work injuries?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government organization that oversees workplace safety. You’ve probably seen their manuals if you work at a high-risk job, but they do a lot more than just write rules and regulations.
For example, they also conduct inspections, document violations and penalize businesses through fines and more stringent requirements for tools or training. You can consider them an ally in terms of enacting safety standards and enforcing employee rights.
Hiring an Alabama workers’ compensation attorney
The consequences of inadequate training can be devastating both for employers and employees. Not only does it increase the probability of people getting hurt on the job, but it can also cut into productivity, efficiency, morale and other hallmarks of a successful workplace.
Workplace safety is one of the biggest employer responsibilities there is, but even so, many businesses fail to create safe environments for their workers. Inadequate training is just the beginning.
If you’ve been hurt on the job due to a lack of training or any other reason, contact the experienced Alabama workers’ compensation attorneys at Nomberg Law Firm. We can explain your rights and help you file a workers’ compensation claim to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.
Our attorneys have extensive experience fighting for injured Alabama workers to get them the money they deserve. Let us handle the negotiations with your employer and their insurer so you can focus on healing.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.