Occupational safety & health protection

Occupational safety and health protection

We have set out global guidelines governing occupational safety and health protection. To ascertain whether the right conditions are in place to ensure safety at work we carry out risk assessments and audits. In 2016, audits were conducted at 48.9 percent of our operating sites (2015: 51.7 percent).

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2016

 

2015

 

2014

 

2013

1

In line with the information in the Financial Report 2016, the figures provided for the years 2015 and 2016 exclude the business of the logistics service provider Gist, as it has been reported as a discontinued operation.

Geprüft von KPMG

Assured by KPMG

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

 

 

269

 

358

 

318

 

304

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

 

 

131

 

151

 

140

 

150

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

per million hours worked

 

2.2

 

2.9

 

2.4

 

2.3

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

per million hours worked

 

2.2

 

2.2

 

1.8

 

1.7

Fatal workplace accidents involving employeesGeprüft von KPMG

 

 

1

 

2

 

2

 

4

Fatal workplace accidents involving contractorsGeprüft von KPMG

 

 

1

 

1

 

3

 

6

Sick days

per employee

 

5.4

 

5.6

 

5.3

 

4.7

We have set ourselves the target of continuing to reduce the number of workplace accidents resulting in at least one lost working day per million hours worked by employees by 2020. The base year is 2012. In 2016, the rate of workplace accidents at our sites around the world per one million hours worked was 2.2 (2015: 2.9). The equivalent figure for contractors during 2016 was 2.2, the same as in 2015. It is with the deepest regret that we must report that in 2016 one of our employees lost his life in a fall in Algeria and one contractor’s employee lost his life in a vehicle fire in Germany while working for us.

In order to prevent severe injuries and fatalities, we made improvements during the reporting year to our global reporting process for incidents. The process involves recording and investigating thoroughly actual and potential incidents with a high risk. We also provided training in 2016 for managers and employees to improve how they identify, report and investigate incidents.

Goal

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

Measures

  • Revised safety strategy 2017 – 2020
  • Numerous activities to support the safety culture
  • Safety targets linked to the salaries of executives
    in the operating business units

Status

2.2

workplace accidents per 1 million hours worked

During the reporting year, we launched numerous measures as part of our global safety initiative. One of these was the first global Linde Safety Day which took place in virtually all countries with Linde locations and at most Linde Engineering project construction sites. This involved hundreds of events for employees and contractors on various aspects of safety.

For our Engineering Division we also launched a programme for managers which aims to improve the safety culture and to strengthen the sense of personal responsibility for safety. Through this programme, we delivered around 500 training courses for managers and contractors at our project construction sites worldwide. In 2017, we want to build on this and to develop and introduce a behavioural safety programme for employees at production sites.

In many countries and regions, we launched new health options for our employees. We were able to reach around 3,000 employees, for example, when we conducted an information campaign in Africa which related to manual activities.

Once again during the reporting year, we received several awards in recognition of our commitment to occupational safety and health protection. Twelve sites in France, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, for example, received awards from the European Industrial Gases Association for several years of work with no accidents with days of employee absence.