Interactive training may help prevent deadly on-the-job accidents

Feb 07, 2011

Interactive training is more effective than traditional passive methods in helping employees avoid dangerous accidents on the job.

Those with hazardous jobs may benefit from interactive training, which is the most effective way to help workers avoid life-threatening accidents, according to the American Psychological Association.

In a recent study in the group's Journal of Applied Psychology, researchers analyzed 113 safety training surveys from programs implemented following the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act in 1971. Using information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they ranked a number of hazards that one may face in the workplace according to their ability to cause serious illness, injury or death.

For the most hazardous positions, researchers found that more interactive training methods such as simulation and behavioral modeling were more effective than passive methods like lectures, videos, and reading materials. Employees may feel more motivated to learn because "in a more interactive training environment, the trainees are faced more acutely with the possible dangers of their job," according to lead researcher Dr. Michael Burke.

Work-related accidents accounted for 5,214 deaths in the U.S. in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those who work in dangerous settings should always take the utmost care while at work, and should consider term-life insurance for the years that they are employed in a dangerous position.  

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