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Health and Safety

First and foremost, we live that commitment by promoting a safety culture throughout the Group; putting safety first on every meeting agenda and including it as an essential part of the induction of all new employees, contractors and agency workers and when anyone visits one of our sites.

Our standards and expectations for safety go beyond the legal requirements of the countries in which we operate and are modelled to drive world-class safety performance and to achieve our goal of zero accidents. As a result 239 of our locations achieved zero lost time accidents (LTAs) in 2017/18.

Overall we are pleased with the reduction in our LTA rates and our accident frequency rates, however, by our exacting standards, we were disappointed by an increase in both the number, and severity, of accidents that happened in the mid-part of the 2017/18 year, which impacted our overall performance for this data collection period. Previously reported 2016/17 data has been updated to reflect all acquisitions during the financial year, therefore providing a direct comparison data set for 2017/18.

Health and Safety indicators

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS  2017/182016/172015/162014/15Variance

Lost Time Accident (LTA)1

126 113  120  146 (5.8%)
Accident Frequency rate (AFR)2 2.8 2.6 3.2   4.2 (19%)

1number of LTAs resulting in lost of time of one shift or more
2number of LTAs per million hours worked

Determined to return to a positive trend of accident reduction, in both number and severity, we have proactively taken steps to reduce risks and reinforce our policies, processes and safe systems of work as well as developing our safety culture. In 2017 we further upgraded our global health, safety and environmental management system, CERTUS, providing us with greater control and richer insight into our performance in these areas whilst also reducing the number of information systems in use across the Group. We continue to invest in all physical safety improvements such as machine guarding, safety equipment or segregation of vehicles and pedestrians. In addition, we are reinforcing how vital it is to keep actively focused on safety at all times by increasing the safety leadership skills of managers through training and involving all employees in identifying ways we could make our
workplaces safer.