Humans are natural storytellers and story listeners. People learn very early that stories not only are entertaining, but also provide the rules about what is expected by society and how to make meaning of experiences. Stories are integral to human existence and have great power to change or influence how people think or react. They are an integral part of how learning takes place, and have obvious benefits to trainers and educators who want to impact what and how students learn. This article discusses the social and cultural power of stories, and how they have been used to develop training for skilled blue-collar workers. It includes examples as well as suggestions for trainers on where to find stories, what types of stories to pay attention to, and how to use them to improve occupational safety training.
Mining-industry; Teaching; Training; Education; Underground-mining; Safety-research; Injuries; Ground-control; Explosives; Hazards; Safety-programs; Safety-practices; Miners; Underground-miners; Mine-workers; Workers; Mine-fires; Nonmetal-mining; Mining-equipment; Safety-education; Work-environment; Injury-prevention; Occupational-hazards; Safety-measures; Environmental-factors; Environmental-hazards