Health & safety

Occupational safety and health protection

One of the key aims of our global safety management is to protect our employees. We have set out global standards governing occupational safety and health protection to ensure that our staff remain in good health and fit for work. We carry out risk assessments and audits to ascertain whether the right conditions are in place to ensure safety at work. In 2014, such audits were conducted at 57.4 percent of our operating sites (2013: 58.1 percent).

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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.

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We want to continue to bring down the number of workplace accidents. In 2014, we set ourselves a new global target. As a next step, we want to achieve a continuous reduction in the number of workplace accidents resulting in lost working days per million hours worked by employees by 2020. The base year is 2012. In 2014, the rate of such workplace accidents was 2.4 (2013: 2.3). The equivalent figure for contractors during 2014 was 1.8 (2013: 1.7). It is with the deepest regret that we must report that two employees lost their lives in road accidents in China and Algeria whilst working for the Group in 2014.


Continuously reduce the number of workplace accidents by 2020 compared to 2012

Between 2010 and the end of 2014, we issued ten global health protection guidelines. Each year, around 30 to 50 percent of workplace accidents and chronic illnesses at Linde can be attributed to manual or repetitive activities. When implementing initiatives relating to health protection, we therefore focus in particular on the risks associated with such activities, concentrating on employee training and improvements to work processes. One such initiative was a pilot project we launched in 2014 on a North American site, in which magnets are used to lift manhole covers, allowing employees to avoid heavy physical exertion. We also set up free preventive health checks for employees during the reporting year in several regions, including Asia and South America. In 2015, we are planning to introduce training on the optimal use of loading systems for employees at all Lincare sites. Around 30 trainers received instruction in 2014 on how to deliver this training programme.

Another focus in the area of occupational safety and health protection is road safety. We have, for example, devised safety training in the South & East Asia region for employees and contractors who use a motorcycle for work or to travel to and from work. By the end of 2014, more than 1,400 of the 1,600 or so employees affected in the region had taken part in the training.

Materiality: Safety

Key indicators
Workplace accidents with at least one day of absence per million hours worked (employees and contractors), transport accidents


  • Achieve a continuous reduction in workplace accidents (base year 2012)
  • 50 percent reduction in serious transport incidents by 2017 (base year 2012)

Business case

  • Avoidance of accidents and injuries


  • Avoidance of environmental damage as a result of transport accidents


  • Reduction in lost working days
  • Reduction in material damage to vehicles or plants
  • Cost savings of several million euro as a result of fewer commercial vehicle rollover incidents
  • Contribution towards the target of reducing gross costs by a total of between EUR 750 million and EUR 900 million in the four-year period from 2013 to 2016