Health and Safety
The safety of our employees is much more important than making profit. We are absolutely committed to making sure our employees are safe at work.
Our 2030 Goal is zero life changing injuries at ERIKS.
The nature of our business, as well as our diverse business operations, inevitably create health and safety risks. Our overarching aim is to limit those risks as much as possible. To help us do this, we have a robust health and safety management structure. Each country has a dedicated Health and Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Manager, and HSEQ professionals in place, with larger locations also having a safety representative available.
The HSEQ Managers are part of the Global Project Team that shares information, issues safety alerts, meets regularly and reports directly to the ERIKS Management Board. Ultimately, we want everyone to be safe, whether they are employees, customers, suppliers or contractors.
We are on a journey to be a safer place to work. Our aim is zero accidents, and the statistics prove we are making good progress. With around 8,000 employees to inform and involve, effective safety education is a gradual process. In 2019, we noticed an overall ongoing improvement, building on our 2018 reductions. Again, this is no reason to be complacent. We know that complacency can lead to an increase in accidents, giving us all the more reason for our employees to intensify their efforts, improve safety training, and to remember that making our business as safe as it can be is a matter of personal responsibility for each and every one of us.
Since 2016, we have seen a decrease of 80% in Lost Time Incidents across ERIKS worldwide, reducing from 72 in 2016 to just 14 in 2019. The Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR) has decreased from 5.6 in every 200,000 hours worked (equivalent to 100 employees working one year) in 2016 to 1.2 in 2019. Unfortunately, there has been a slight increase from a low of 0.6 in 2018 but well below our KPI of below 3.