As workers we must take training seriously because our lives depend on it. Anyone who has worked in any industry long enough can give you several instances where they almost didn’t make it home. What we do not identify often, at least not as frequently as we should, is that the most common reason they did make it home was experience and training.
In training, we forget that the skills we practice and train on are normally routine. There will be that one day where the training you had was the difference between making it home or not. Many workers attribute their survival to luck and determination to survive. We often don’t mention or think about our past training or even past experiences. We are just glad to be safe.
The reality is that everything we do in the workplace is a learned skill. It was taught to us. From the simplest tasks to the most complex, we had to have some training and some experience to be able to proficiently use the skills, including those use to save our own lives or that of someone else (e.g. heights rescue, first aid).
When that close call comes, it is an instant recall that saves us. Your brain remembers what some trainer, supervisors or mentor said or did and you react. Your constant and vigilant practice of skills becomes a part of you and you react without thought. Therefore, training is so vitally important and the culture of the business is very important. If business does not have a learning/proficiency culture we are equipping ourselves for failure and increasing the likelihood that someone we know and care about or ourselves will be injured or killed.
For millennia, militaries across the world have finely tuned the art of repetition in training, for good reason. The harder and more realistic your training the more likely you are to be successful. The more times you practice a skill the more likely you are to flawlessly execute it when you need it. Most of the tasks we do, regardless of how safe we try to be, are inherently dangerous (some industries more than others). We have to train so we are constantly safe and constantly successful.