Health & safety

Occupational safety and health protection

The key aim of our global safety management is to protect our employees. We have set out global guidelines governing occupational safety and health protection. We carry out risk assessments and audits to ascertain whether the right conditions are in place to ensure safety at work. In 2015, we conducted audits at 52.6 percent of our operating sites (2014: 57.4 percent).

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Occupational health and safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

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As a result of the 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.

Workplace accidents of employees with at least one day of absenceGeprüft von KPMG

 

 

 

365

 

318

 

304

 

324

Workplace accidents of contractors with at least one day of absenceGeprüft von KPMG

 

 

 

150

 

140

 

150

 

155

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

 

per million hours worked

 

2.7

 

2.4

 

2.3

 

2.5

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

 

per million hours worked

 

2.2

 

1.8

 

1.7

 

1.3

Fatal workplace accidents involving employeesGeprüft von KPMG

 

 

 

2

 

2

 

4

 

4

Fatal workplace accidents involving contractorsGeprüft von KPMG

 

 

 

1

 

3

 

6

 

4

Sick days

 

per employee

 

5.6

 

5.3

 

4.7

 

4.7

We have set ourselves the target of continuously reducing the number of workplace accidents resulting in lost working days per million hours worked by our employees by 2020. The reference year is 2012. In 2015, the rate of workplace accidents at Linde sites around the world per million hours worked was 2.7 (2014: 2.4). The equivalent figure for contractors during 2015 was 2.2 (2014: 1.8). It is with the deepest regret that we must report that two Linde employees lost their lives while working for us in 2015 in road accidents in Brazil and Tunisia.

Goal

Continuously reduce the number of workplace accidents by 2020 (base year 2012)

Measures taken

  • Global survey among senior managers about The Linde Group’s safety culture
  • Trainings, workshops and days of action on safety in the workplace
  • Safety targets linked to the salaries of executives in the operating business units

Status

2.7

workplace accidents per million hours worked

As part of our global safety initiative, we have launched numerous measures designed to continue to reduce safety risks and to reinforce the importance of personal responsibility and safety-conscious behaviour. Around 30 to 50 percent of workplace accidents and chronic illnesses at Linde can be attributed to manual or repetitive activities. Many of our health protection initiatives therefore focus in particular on the risks associated with such activities. One such initiative in 2015 was our introduction of powered movers at 25 sites in North America for lifting and transporting cylinders containing liquefied oxygen weighing up to 360 kilograms. These powered machines allow our employees to avoid heavy physical exertion. In the Gist Division, 99 percent of personnel handling heavy loads received training on how to do so safely during the reporting year.

In 2015, we devised a new healthcare management programme. The initiative focuses on areas such as work-life balance and preventive measures to enhance health protection. Starting in Germany in 2016, our employees should be offered a broad range of options as a result of this initiative.

Materiality Safety

Key indicators

  • Workplace accidents with at least one day of absence per million hours worked (employees and contractors)
  • Transport incidents 

Targets

Business case

Social

  • Avoidance of accidents and injuries

Environmental

  • Avoidance of environmental damage as a result of transport incidents

Financial

  • Reduction in lost working days
  • Reduction in material damage to vehicles or plants
  • Contribution towards the target of reducing gross costs by a total of between EUR 750 m and EUR 900 m in the four-year period from 2013 to 2016