Occupational Health and Safety
Accident frequency

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Accident frequency in the Wienerberger Group increased from 10 to 12

The Safety, Health and Education reporting records all accidents that lead to a loss of at least one working day for the person concerned. We regret to note that the frequency of accidents increased in almost all operating segments in 2014. Despite comprehensive, Group-wide activities aimed at building awareness and changing behavioral patterns, carelessness continued to be the most frequent cause of accidents. We therefore will cooperate even more intensively with our employees at all management levels to draw their attention to potential sources of danger and to drive home the binding nature of safety rules and the importance of protective equipment.

Ø Accident frequency by operating segment 1
2012 2013 2014 2
  Clay Building Materials Western Europe 17 14 17
  Clay Building Materials Eastern Europe 8 8 9
Clay Building Materials Europe 14 13 15
  Pipes & Pavers Western Europe 17 8 21
  Pipes & Pavers Eastern Europe 7 8 5
Pipes & Pavers Europe 10 8 12
North America 3 4 2
Holding & Others 4 13 7
Wienerberger Group 12 10 12

1 Number of occupational accidents / number of hours worked x 1,000,000;
incl. agency and temporary workers and employees under term contracts
2 Tondach Gleinstätten not included

Increase of accident frequency in Pipes & Pavers Western Europe

Within the Clay Building Materials Western Europe segment, France, Germany and Finland reported a significant increase in accident frequency, whereas the frequency of accidents declined in Denmark, Great Britain and Switzerland. In the Clay Building Materials Eastern Europe segment, accident frequency increased in the Czech Republic, Poland and Croatia, whereas the number of accidents decreased in Hungary and dropped to zero in Slovakia. In the Pipes & Pavers Western Europe segment the accident frequency increased in the year under review. The positive trend of the previous year did not continue for Steinzeug-Keramo. Besides continuous training in the individual plants, this development resulted in the introduction of supplementary reports describing the causes of the accident in greater detail and the inclusion of safety parameters as a factor of the variable salary component of all executives. A reduction in accident frequency was achieved in the Pipes & Pavers Eastern Europe segment, the Holding & Others Division and the North America Division. Pipelife production sites in Greece, Ireland, Austria, Poland, Russia and Sweden proudly reported zero accidents in the year under review.

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