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Safety performance

Our safety programs emphasize the importance of individuals taking personal responsibility and of appropriate safe behavior, with managers taking the lead through their commitment to our 10 Key Safety Leadership Behaviors. All injuries at work are regarded as unnecessary and avoidable. We require full reporting no matter how minor, and appropriate investigation to ensure we learn from all such incidents.

Following two tragic fatal accidents in 2010, a new Group-wide initiative to further strengthen Safety Culture within the Group is under way, with Health and Safety performance now a part of the annual Management Incentive Plan. Our Safety Culture Leadership Team, which includes two members of the Executive Committee, continues to promote the process. We have also launched a recognition program that awards sites with outstanding Health and Safety performance.

Significant Injury Rate

We measure safety performance using two key performance indicators. The Significant Injury Rate (SIR) is now our primary reactive indicator. This records injuries requiring medical treatment or the reallocation of duties to allow an individual to continue working. The SIR for financial year FY11 was 0.57; an improvement of 9.5 percent. The Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR) which records work-related accidents or illnesses preventing individuals involved being able to report for work on the following day or shift has become a less useful measure. The LTIR for financial year FY11 was 0.17; an improvement of 22 percent on FY10, but this also includes the two fatal accidents. These are expressed as a rate per 200,000 hours (approximately the time worked by 100 people in one year). There were a total of 75 lost time injuries and 174 injuries classified as significant in the year, for the total workforce, employees and permanent contractors. We have also introduced a number of proactive measures of safety performance, targeted at changing behavior.

Significant Injury Rate chart