Unsafe electrical work practices are the leading cause of manufacturing accidents. Over 80% of fatal injuries within manufacturing plants happen as a result of direct exposure to electricity. And in 2018 alone, approximately 739 died from electrical accidents while operating machinery.
The main culprit behind these injuries is a lack of training. Without the right training, it becomes harder for workers to react to common electrical hazards on the job, which leads to an ill-equipped and unprepared workforce prone to unsafe electrical work practices, and in worst cases – fatal injuries.
The limitations employee training
The format of a company’s training program also plays an important role in its effectiveness. Most manufacturers still depend on in-person training and bulky manuals to teach employees about safety, which means that there’s a higher chance of workers forgetting about the material later on.
According to research, learners in any environment forget roughly 70% of what they’ve learned within the first 24 hours. That phenomenon is known as Ebbinghaus forgetting curve, and it explains why most manufacturing training programs fail. It’s simply not possible for workers to remember everything they’ve learned unless their knowledge is reinforced repeatedly after the initial training session.
Benefits of simulation training
Simulation training is a better approach because it enables workers to overcome the limitations of traditional training methods. They can practice their electrical troubleshooting skills using real-life simulations and gain repeated hands-on experience by working through real-life scenarios.
With Simutech Multimedia’s Training System, for example, maintenance can also track their performance and find out which areas they need to work on to avoid unsafe electrical work practices.
In the presentation below, we explain some of the other ways in which simulation training can reduce accidents in manufacturing environments.