Did you know that there were 135 worker fatalities in 2022/23, which was an increase from the previous year? This means that there is still work to be done to prevent workplace deaths.

It’s so important to make all workplaces a better place and reinforce safety to prevent these fatalities, whether that be in the form of workplace water safety or building safety.

But how is this done? Let’s take a look at how to create better working environments for your employees…

The importance of health and safety

Health and safety must be at the core of all operations and processes in every workplace, with proper measures adopted to eliminate workplace fatalities.

Here are some areas that your business can focus on to continually improve and make it more achievable to reach zero fatalities:

Past Learnings

Lessons from past fatalities must be proactively applied to known fatal risks by implementing critical controls.

Zero Fatalities Mindset

Fatality prevention needs to be sustained while continuing efforts to reduce overall injuries.

Risk Management

Risk management

While fatality prevention is structured around risk management, any business must improve its capability to conduct high-quality risk assessments and address varying risk tolerance levels.

Safety Leadership

Safety starts from the top, so strong safety leadership at all levels is crucial for achieving and sustaining fatality-free environments.

Good Housekeeping

By clearing obstacles, covering cables, signposting uneven surfaces, and using shadow boards to organise and store equipment, you can help reduce workplace accidents and fatalities.

Critical Controls

Fatal risks must be recognised, and efforts must focus on eliminating them or upgrading critical controls to be more reliable, rather than relying solely on procedural or behavioural controls.


TrainingTraining provides all staff members with the necessary tools to effectively reduce workplace risk.

Safety Signs

Employers must provide safety signs when there’s a significant risk that can’t be avoided in any other way. They should be maintained regularly and placed in an obvious position.

Zone Classification

Effectively zoning your workspace can help with hazardous elements of a workplace. If there’s any risk of explosives, the space must follow ATEX zone classifications. You’ll need to undertake regular risk assessments to correctly classify and manage your zones.

Provide Protection Equipment

Provide Protection Equipment

Personal protection equipment is essential and should be enforced throughout the workplace. Essential time should be taken to teach employees how to properly use goggles, face protection, hard hats, safety shoes, and more.

Don’t Take Shortcuts

Accidents happen when employees skip steps to try and complete a job before a deadline, for example. Make sure all instructions are clear and organised to prevent these potential fatalities.

Look Into Safety Vulnerabilities

Every business is unique when it comes to the different risks that may arise, so they don’t all necessarily have the same safety concerns. Pay extra attention to common accidents, so you can enforce specific strategies to keep these setbacks from happening.

Fatalities are the last things you want within a workplace and there are many ways in which your business can begin to try and eliminate risks waiting to happen. Incorporating these into your business will allow for a safer working environment with a lower risk of fatalities.

Samuel Wright

Samuel Wright, a cybersecurity expert with a Master’s degree in Information Security from New York University, has been part of our team since 2020. His 15 years of experience in cyber and physical security systems provide a comprehensive perspective on safety issues. Before joining us, Samuel worked in various high-level security roles for tech corporations. His off-work interests include practicing martial arts and volunteering for online safety awareness programs.

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