Occupational Health and Safety
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Increase in accident severity throughout the entire Wienerberger Group

The severity of accidents, measured as the number of accident-related sick leave days per million hours worked, increased from 301 in 2013 to 340 in 2014 for the entire Wienerberger Group. The Clay Building Materials Western Europe countries of France, Germany, Great Britain (brick production) and Finland reported an increase in accident severity. In Switzerland the severity of accidents increased despite a reduction in accident frequency. In Belgium, Great Britain (roof tiles), the Netherlands and Denmark accident severity in the Clay Building Materials Western Europe segment declined, as it did in the Clay Building Materials Eastern Europe countries of Austria, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Steep drop in accident severity in Pipes & Pavers Eastern Europe

Developments at Steinzeug-Keramo and at Pipelife in France, Germany, Belgium and Norway led to an increase in accident severity in the Pipes & Pavers Western Europe segment in 2014, while accident severity dropped steeply in the Pipes & Pavers Eastern Europe segment at Pipelife in Poland, Greece and Austria as well as at Semmelrock in Croatia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Ø Accident severity by operating segment 1
2012 2013 2014 2
  Clay Building Materials Western Europe 396 406 536
  Clay Building Materials Eastern Europe 385 374 258
Clay Building Materials Europe 393 396 450
  Pipes & Pavers Western Europe 402 107 362
  Pipes & Pavers Eastern Europe 148 272 148
Pipes & Pavers Europe 240 202 237
North America 100 91 41
Holding & Others 4 92 199
Wienerberger Group 308 301 340

1 Accident-related sick leave days / number of hours worked x 1.000.000; incl. agency and temporary workers and employees under term contracts
2 Tondach Gleinstätten not included

Two fatal occupational accidents in the Wienerberger Group

Despite our intensive efforts and numerous initiatives within the entire Wienerberger Group, it saddens us to report that two fatal accidents occurred in the Clay Building Materials Eastern Europe segment in 2014. Two employees, one in Hungary and one in Romania, were killed in production accidents, which we deeply regret. Under the impact of these accidents, we even further intensified our safety training measures. The initiatives taken in the individual business units are described in the following. We uphold our zero accident target for the entire Group.

Safety Alert and Safety Award of CBME

Clay Building Materias Europe (CBME) implemented the Safety Alert as a standardized process of dealing with occupational accidents at all CBME production sites. The plant manager has to document the cause of the accident, how it happened and which measures were taken as a result, and communicate the report to the occupational safety officer of the business unit. The Safety Alert records are transmitted to all other local companies, so that targeted measures to prevent similar accidents can immediately be taken at all other locations. Moreover, the accident reduction targets serve as input factors for establishing the variable salary components of managing directors and plant managers. The Safety Award, which was launched in 2014, is a prize awarded for outstanding performance in the field of safety.

Safety Training Observation Program at Pipelife

Pipelife has followed a zero accident strategy for many years. One of the most important tools for reaching this goal is the STOP™ Program (Safety Training Observation Program) of accident prevention. Employees use STOP cards to identify hazards and report occupational safety issues to the managers in charge. Thus, the entire workforce is actively involved in eliminating potential dangers. This initiative is intended to sustainably improve working conditions and reduce the frequency of accidents, while creating a better awareness for safe behavior among employees.

“Safety@Semmelrock” to record and analyze accidents

Semmelrock launched its new safety program “Safety@Semmelrock” in 2013. It uses the so-called AIRS document (“Accident Investigation Report Semmelrock”) to centrally record, analyze and communicate all accidents and/or incidents. The main objective is to sensitize employees to safety issues through the documentation and communication of the measures taken, such as the Safety Day organized in 2014 in cooperation with plant and engineering managers. Poland implemented its “safety culture” through the use of mission statements, premiums and visual aids. Production sites were subject to safety optimization and risk analyses.

Targeted, workplace-specific safety instructions at Steinzeug-Keramo

Steinzeug-Keramo continued to focus on occupational safety and health. Besides plant optimization measures, the company organized initial and further training sessions on occupational safety and hazard prevention, including specific safety instructions targeted at each individual workplace.

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