We have no higher priority than safety, not only for our employees but for everyone who comes to our sites. Our ultimate goal is no accidents or injuries.
Our Executive Safety Committee, chaired by our Chief Executive, meets throughout the year to review our safety performance and improvement programmes. Our senior executives are personally involved in safety management and undertake annual executive audits at the majority of our sites around the world.
Here we report our safety results as set out in our 2014 Annual Report. The figures are for calendar year 2013.
We deeply regret the deaths during the last year of an employee at our manufacturing facility in the Netherlands who fell from height, an external truck driver working at our joint-venture site in Hungary who died in an industrial accident, and a contractor in Singapore who died from burns after a hot water escape in April 2014. A further contractor remains in a critical condition in hospital in Singapore. These tragic accidents were thoroughly investigated, both internally and externally. Actions, based on preliminary findings, have been taken to prevent this type of accident reoccurring and so that we may learn from these tragic events.
1 One employee and one external truck driver. One of our contractors also had a fatality in April 2014.
The safety performance indicators, recordable incident rate and lost-work case
rate, saw a 32% and 49% reduction respectively during the year, to reach our
lowest levels ever recorded. However, safety is about people, not just numbers,
and we can never do too much to keep ourselves and our colleagues safe.
To put our safety performance in context and because many of our employees are located in the US, we compare our results with US industry averages, as shown below.
Five of our US plants between them won 15 US Corn Refiners Association (CRA) Safety Awards during the year.
Twenty-five of our facilities did not experience a recordable injury in 2013, compared to 20 in 2012.
Safety projects and activities progressed during the year included:
• Contractor safety programme: we improved contractors’ safety by increased monitoring, sharing best practices, and closer relationships
• Safety competency: we trained managers and supervisors on safety leadership and ownership; training for safety representatives included courses on scaffolding and excavation
• Hand safety: a third party conducted glove surveys; we purchased additional cut-resistant gloves and knives with retractable blades; and installed glove-type awareness boards
• Safety awareness: we held our annual Global Safety Week where
many employees and their families, and contractors, took part in activities
across our sites worldwide.