Workplace safety

Near miss unsafe work practice example: Forklift tipping over from excessive weight being picked up.
Near miss unsafe work practice example: Forklift being narrowly prevented from tipping over by having an extra worker hop on the back of the forflift as a counterweight to prevent having the forklift and the load tip over.

Workplace safety & health is a category of management responsibility in places of employment.

To ensure the safety and health of workers, managers establish a focus on safety that can include elements such as:

  • management leadership and commitment
  • employee engagement
  • accountability
  • safety programs, policies, and plans
  • safety processes, procedures, and practices
  • safety goals and objectives
  • safety inspections for workplace hazards
  • safety program audits
  • safety tracking & metrics
  • hazard identification and control
  • safety committees to promote employee involvement
  • safety education and training
  • safety communications to maintain a high level of awareness on safety


Workplace fatalities statistics

European Union

Country Fatalities Fatalities per
100,000 employees
Austria 145 1.71
Belgium 41 2.4
Denmark 27 1.8
Finland 29 1.9
France 318 2.9
Germany 465 2.3
Greece 48 3.0
Ireland 52 3.2
Italy 427 2.8
Luxembourg 6 3.2
Netherlands 60 2.0
Portugal 285 7.6
Spain 365 3.7
Sweden 28 1.2
United Kingdom 182 1.1
European Union 2,478 2.5

Data from 2003 [1]

In most countries males comprise the vast majority of workplace fatalities. In the EU as a whole, 94% of death were of males.[1] In the UK the disparity was even greater with males comprising 97.4% of workplace deaths.[2][3]

US Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor compiles information about workplace fatalities in the United States. Since 1992, the year with the most workplace fatalities was 1994 with 6,632 fatalities, and the lowest in 2002 with 5,534.
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The Bureau also compiles information about the most dangerous jobs. The most recent information comes from the year 2006, during which 5,840 people died on the job.

Job Fatalities Fatalities per
100,000 employees
Fishermen 53 147.2
Pilots 104 90.4
Timber cutter 66 84.6
Structural metal workers 36 61.0
Waste collectors 37 40.7
Farmers and ranchers 292 37.2
Power-line workers 38 34.9
Miners 156 34.5
Roofers 81 33.5
Truck drivers 957 27.5
All occupations 5,840 4.0

See also


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