In the construction industry, health and safety training is of paramount importance. This is because of the inherently high-risk environments people work in. Potential hazards include operating heavy machinery, working at height, vehicles, electrical systems and exposure to hazardous materials, and without proper training construction workers are susceptible to serious or even fatal injuries. Appropriate health and safety training will equip workers with the skills and knowledge they need to recognise, assess and mitigate risk thus reducing the likelihood of an accident occurring. This protects the well-being of both workers and members of the public.
Health and safety training is crucial for companies as it allows them to comply with UK legislation and with the stringent rules and regulations within the construction industry. Failure to do so can lead to litigation costs, HSE penalties, reputational damage and project delays.
In essence, health and safety training is not just a matter of best practice; there are legal, moral and financial reasons to make it a priority.