Target Zero is a common goal for organizations where safety is a concern. The goal is to eliminate all occupational accidents and injuries within a company. However, 30.6% of participants of a survey placed by BLR responded that it was unlikely that their organization would reach Target Zero for safety incidents within the next year, and only 17.5% thought it was “very likely” they would. What does it take to make it to “very likely”?

Track Injuries Over Time

While striving for target zero, it’s important to record as much data as possible about injuries that do happen. Recording what conditions were present, what machines were involved, and how long it’s been since maintenance was performed, can ultimately enable teams to forecast when to perform maintenance to best mitigate failure.

Consistent Monitoring of Machinery

Another way to mitigate failure is to perform regular inspections on equipment that can become a hazard if compromised. Tracking machinery over time enables you to see trends in wear and tear, as well as making it easier to plan future maintenance (for more on condition-based maintenance, check out Benefits of Mobile Data Collection in Condition-Based Asset Management).

Enabling Teams to Report Damages

Even regular monitoring of a piece of equipment does not combat those times immediately after the weekly inspection where a piece expectantly becomes compromised. Ensure employees are knowledgeable about the machinery they’re working on, and have a means of reporting when something doesn’t work quite right. That additional data gives management a valuable insight into field concerns.


Teams that incorporate rich data tracking into their workflows are better able to predict when accidents may happen, and can leverage this knowledge to reach and maintain a target zero safety record.