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Zero accidents

‘Safety first’ summarizes our safety culture where dialogue and risk-elimination are key, and where the rule is to never compromise safety. Our vision is Zero Accidents and the interim target for 2019 is a lost time injury frequency (LTIFR) less than 3 per million hours worked (LTIFR values are inclusive of recently acquired companies). In 2018 the LTIFR was 8.2. This was a decrease compared to last year’s result of 9.7. Even though we see movement in the right direction concerning decreased number of injuries, we still think the development is too slow. We will intensify our efforts to drive improvements within this area in the years to come.
Number of reported accidents, co-workers 2018* 2017* 2016 2015
Number of recordable injuries** 164 201 165 167
Number of lost time injuries*** 37 39 34 41
Number of high-consequence work-related injuries 1 0 2 0
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Lost time injury frequency 8.2 9.7 9.8 11.9
Recordable injury frequency 36.5 49.8 47.5 48.4
Incident reporting frequency**** 53.0 52.8 53.8 23.2

*Due to the on-going integration process, where safety work is prioritized, the numbers for lost time injuries, fatalities and lost time injury frequency include the majority of our new co-workers from acquired companies.

**Including all reported injuries and commuting accidents.

***Including injuries and commuting accidents leading to absence from work.

****Reported risk observations, near misses and accidents per lost time accident.

The majority of work safety incidents occur in production, where operators are exposed to elevated risks. Our most common incidents occur during manual labour. In early October, a serious accident occurred in Stony Creek in Pennsylvania, USA, where a co-worker lost an arm in the atomizing area. After a thorough root cause analysis, a number of corrective actions have been taken. We have also shared the learnings from this accident both within the Höganäs Group and externally to prevent similar accidents from happening again. We have had no fatalities.

A preventive approach to managing work place risk

Höganäs deploys a preventive and systematic approach to safety, documented in our health and safety management system. The technical aspects are paired with a zero accidents culture.

In 2017, we implemented a global incident and risk reporting system (MIA). This tool is used by all co-workers to report incidents including accidents, near misses and risk observations. MIA also supports problem-solving, investigation reports and actions. Developing and sharing best practice within the group aids the local initiatives.

We follow a targeted leading indicator to reduce the risk level in all workplaces. This metric is called the ‘risk reduction number’ (RRN) and is based on the reduction of risk points after the implementation of corrective actions to any identified safety risk. The organization and our co-workers can improve the RRN by:

  • being active in identifying and reporting risks
  • the quality and speed of eliminating or mitigating identified risks

Thus the RRN reflects our preventive safety approach which also drives our culture towards everyone’s engagement. Our target is to reduce risk by 1.5 risk points per person per year. In 2018 we achieved a score of 3.3 (3.2).