Safety is an issue of utmost importance. With a common goal to improve health and safety performance, CSI members are working tirelessly to improve this, not only for their own employees but also for contractors and suppliers.
The CSI has delivered on its promises to develop a common reporting protocol for employee safety. It has also delivered safety programs to educate contractors and drivers – which are identified as key areas of concern – to improve safety and particularly to reduce the number of fatalities. The ultimate mission of the CSI and its members is to completely eliminate fatalities.
“Lost time incident frequency rate” in the diagram refers to the number of employee lost time injuries in hours per 1,000,000 manhours of directly employed full-time employee.
“Fatality rate” in the diagram is calculated based on total number of fatalities in all activities (cement, aggregates, ready-mix, etc.) per 10,000 directly employed full-time employees.
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The CSI guidelines for measuring and reporting safety were published for the first time in 2005. Before that, the data collected covers only cement activities instead of all different types of activities of member companies, i.e. aggregates, readymix, etc. Hence, only data from 2005 onwards are presented here to provide a comparable basis.
With fluctuation in the early years, a mild decreasing trend is noted in fatalities of companies’ own full-time employees and contractors from 2008. However, fatalities of third parties increased during the same period. Even after taking into account the factor of better and wider scope of reporting, the situation still warrants more efforts to improve companies’ performance in the area.
There is still a long way to go, but the first step is to ensure that, within the next 10 years, the average safety performance of CSI members will, as a minimum, match that achieved by the leading industrial sectors.
To achieve this, the CSI is enhancing members’ efforts by collecting and sharing information on incidents, focusing on sharing and discussing good safety practices on critical activities, to address the root causes of fatal accidents and their ultimate prevention.
The CSI is partnering with the Global Road Safety Partnership, which operates in 30 countries, bringing governments, businesses and civil society organizations together to help tackle the man-made, global road accident crisis, particularly in emerging regions. This partnership will assist in tackling road safety fatalities, a major cause of fatalities in the cement industry.The CSI is strengthening and expanding its network of country level workgroups with its members to address safety issues at the local level. So far, local initiatives are operating in India, China, Brazil, Egypt, Mexico and Thailand.The focus of the CSI’s work in the past has been on safety, with good reasons. Nevertheless, a healthy work force goes hand-in-hand with safe operating practices. The CSI has therefore embarked on a scoping exercise to identify how a coordinated approach to health issues could bring added value to members and to the cement sector as a whole.