Safe and healthy workplaces
The group-wide accident rate has fallen on average across the Group by around 18 % over the past eight years. This is significantly lower than the sector average. We were able to achieve this positive development through the consistent implementation of our health and safety pro-gramme ‘sicher voRWEg’ (The Energy to Lead Safely) by including our own employees and colleagues from partner companies in the programme.
Despite all the improvements that have already been achieved in safety at work, four fatal industrial accidents occurred in 2012. Three fatal accidents occurred in 2011 and one fatality in 2010. No specific black spots could be identified among the circumstances surrounding the fatal accidents. The industrial accidents occurred while the employees were carrying out different activities and in different countries. However, it is conspicuous that three of the four fatalities related to employees from partner companies. This highlights the necessity to work at continuously improving safety at work and the occupational safety culture. It is also essential to include partner companies throughout the Group in occupational safety.
- Improving occupational safety
- Strengthening occupational safety culture