Progress against our 2015 Group-wide objectives, which cover a number of high-risk areas within the business, are described below:
Reduction in incidents associated with heavy plant and equipment
The Group continued its focus in this area and saw a continuing decline in the numbers of heavy plant and equipment overturning.
2015: 6 recorded incidents (2014: 8)
Reduction in injuries to hands and feet
Implementation of the ‘Carry Glove’ policy across the Group saw a continuing reduction in the number of hand injuries classified as either major or lost time.
2015: 68 recorded incidents (2014: 112)
Occupational health and wellbeing
Further to a Group-wide review of our practices, we adopted minimum standards across our businesses.
Implementation of OHSAS 18001 or an equivalent standard
Each division continues to work towards certification by 2018. The Group’s Head Office retained the certification it first gained in 2013.
Reduction of our Accident Frequency Rate (AFR)
We achieved a year on year reduction in our AFR.
2015: 0.35 (2014: 0.39)
AFR by year
AFR per 100,000 hours for 2012 to 2015 is set out in figure 1 below and includes our acquisitions over the period. We have seen significant improvements in safety performance on a year by year basis.