Occupational safety and health protection

One of the aims of our global safety management is to protect our employees. In addition, we help our staff to remain in good health and fit for work. For this purpose, we have put in place global standards governing occupational safety and health protection. These standards are the subject of regular reviews. Risk assessments and audits are carried out to review work safety. In 2013, audits were conducted at 58.1 percent of our operating sites (2012: 62.4 percent).

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Occupational health and safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

2011

 

2010

Assured by KPMG

1

At the end of 2012 one employee suffered fatal injuries during an accident. The internal reporting of this work-related accident was completed after the 2012 editorial deadline. The indicator has been adjusted retrospectively.

Workplace accidents of employees with at least one day of absence

 

 

304

 

324

 

144

 

198

Workplace accidents of contractors with at least one day of absence

 

 

150

 

155

 

131

 

170

Workplace accidents with at least one day of absence (employees)

per million hours worked

 

2.3

 

2.5

 

1.4

 

1.9

Workplace accidents with at least one day of absence (contractors)

per million hours worked

 

1.7

 

1.3

 

1.6

 

2.2

Fatal workplace accidents involving employees

 

 

4

 

41

 

5

 

2

Fatal workplace accidents involving contractors

 

 

6

 

4

 

3

 

4

Sick days per employee

per employee

 

4.7

 

4.7

 

5.0

 

5.3

As a result of the first-time application of the revised accounting standards, the sites in the scope of our reporting changed in the 2013 financial year. Accordingly, the key financial, environmental and employee KPIs for 2012 were adjusted retrospectively. In addition, the KPIs for employees, occupational health and safety and environmental protection for the year 2012 were retrospectively adjusted to account for the effects of the acquisition of the US homecare company Lincare. To ensure that the figures for 2012 and 2013 can be compared, we reported the full year 2012 for Lincare.

We have set ourselves the goal of continuing to reduce the number of workplace accidents. In 2013, the number of workplace accidents resulting in lost working days per million hours worked was 2.3 (2012: 2.5). The equivalent figure for contractors during 2013 was 1.7 (2012: 1.3). It is with the deepest regret that we must report that four of our employees lost their lives whilst working for the Group in 2013. Two accidents, at sites in Indonesia and China, resulted in the death of three employees, while one British employee died in a road accident.

Between 2010 and end of 2013, we approved nine global guidelines on workplace health. When implementing initiatives relating to health protection, we focus in particular on the risks associated with manual and repetitive activities. The proportion of workplace accidents and chronic illnesses at Linde that can be attributed to manual activities ranges from around 30 to 50 percent each year. Among the measures to lower this rate, we have introduced a global database with instructions about optimal manual handling solutions. In 2013, we provided instruction for specialist trainers in this area in North America. At our subsidiary Lincare, we carried out a review of the health risks faced by workers. Changes made as a result included ergonomic improvements to the loading systems of the company’s delivery vehicles.