More employers are waking up to the fact that they can avoid injury compensation claims and improve business by enhancing their safety credentials, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
A spokesman for the HSE said there is a "growing acceptance" that good practices are good for business and neglecting them can lead to legal penalties and work injuries.
"To get health and safety right is a legal responsibility, it’s also a moral responsibility and what we hear when we talk to businesses is that actually when an incident happens it can cause all sorts of problems for the business," he added.
His comments follow figures released by the HSE which show a significant decrease in the number of fatal injuries in the workplace compared with previous years.
Some 180 people suffered fatal workplace injuries between 2008 and 2009, a reduction of 22 per cent on the average for the past five years.