Safety related data
Bekaert has a group-wide OHSAS 18001 certificate. In 2017, 60% of all Bekaert employees were covered by this standard. On average 10 training hours per employee were related to safety in 2017. (GRI 403-2)
Bekaert’s safety performance was not good in 2017. Despite all our efforts to put safety on top of the agenda, our safety performance deteriorated.
Obviously we want no fatalities to occur, ever. The tragic accidents of 2017 have been thoroughly investigated and additional corrective measures have been put in place to prevent any such accidents in the future.
One of the actions was the renewal and worldwide re-implementation of the Bekaert internal traffic procedure. It has been updated with the most stringent safety standards for powered industrial forklift trucks and internal traffic in general.
Bekaert has set targets for safety for the medium term (2020) and the longer term (2025).
By 2020, we aim to reduce our TRIR to 4. We want to reduce the percentage of serious injuries to 30% of accidents, in comparison to 40% in 2017.
By 2025 we aim to reduce our TRIR to 2. We want to reduce the percentage of serious injuries to 20% of accidents, in comparison to 40% in 2017.
Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) Bekaert Combined (1)
per million worked hours
(1) BBRG and joint ventures included
Total Recordable Injury Rate: all recorded accidents
In 2017 both the lost-time incident frequency rate and severity index increased, compared to 2016. The BeCare roll-out schedule takes into account the incident history of the locations so that appropriate actions are taken with a risk and priority focus.