Many industrial plants pose a great many risks of workplace accidents to workers. There often are large machines, with moving belts, augurs, grinders, presses and other powerful equipment that can easily crush or kill a worker should they become entangled in the workings of the machine.
Workers' compensation is expensive. When workers are injured, not only are they no longer available to perform their job duties, but they incur medical expenses and the insurance system pays them a portion of their typical salary. Because of this, safety training is important, as it is always cheaper to avoid a workplace accident than to repair the damage left in its aftermath.