Protecting people

Our performance

KPI 2016 2015 2016 performance
against short-term target
Short-term target (2016) Medium-term target (2020)  Horizon ambition 

Accident frequency rate*

0.14 0.17

 0.15 0.1 (from 2017 - lost time injury rate) Zero incidents
  • Achieved or exceeded short-term target
  • Performance within 10% of short-term target
  • Performance 10% or more below short-term target

*The number of RIDDOR reportable accidents multiplied by 100,000 and divided by the number of hours worked.

Health, safety and environment committee

The Board set up the health, safety and environment (HSE) committee in 2016 to assist in its responsibility for overseeing HSE matters and to recommend any changes considered necessary.  At the end of 2016 the committee's terms of reference were amended to include responsibility for reviewing the Group's responsible business strategy and performance against the Total Commitments.

The HSE committee's duties also include:

  • receiving reports on any major HSE incidents and ensuring that any required actions are implemented;
  • reporting to the Board on development trends and forthcoming legislation in relation to HSE matters which may be relevant to the Group;
  • monitoring the Group’s health and safety strategy framework and regulatory environmental obligations, including carbon reduction commitment and how compliance with these and with applicable laws and regulations is ensured across the Group; and
  • receiving and reviewing periodic HSE reports of the Group’s performance.


2016 performance

Our total number of accidents was 62 in 2016, reduced from 81 in 2015.  This resulted in an accident frequency rate of 0.14 which surpasses our 2016 short-term target of 0.15 and is in line with our longer-term target of 0.10 by 2020. 

In 2016, we formed a Group-wide health and safety steering group which includes divisional managing directors and meets to consider lessons learned and new initiatives that can further improve our safety performance.  We also put new arrangements in place across the Group to improve how we learn from incidents and share best practice.  

We actively supported a number of external UK programmes in the year including the Health and Safety Executive’s recently launched ‘Helping Great Britain work well’ strategy, the Health in Construction Leadership Group and a number of industry research projects. 

In 2017 we will be focusing on occupational health, including mental health and wellbeing.  Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure have made a start in this area by working in partnership with mental health charity, Mind, to develop a wellbeing strategy for their employees.
2017 focus

Our priorities for 2017 are:

  1. Continue to drive down the accident frequency rate and number of RIDDORs across the Group
  2. Look at initiatives and proposals to help improve occupational health, particularly mental health and wellbeing of employees. Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure will continue to work in partnership with mental health charity, Mind, to develop a mental wellbeing strategy for employees
  3. Introduce new technology to improve safety at work, such as systems for monitoring vibration from tools on site and use of pre-fitted external cladding

Safety or environment incident


  • Adverse negative impact on people or the environment
  • Prosecution, fines, insurance claims, reputational damage and project delays
  • Failure to prequalify in selected markets due to poor health, safety and environmental record
  • Failure to deliver targets


  • Key personnel with leadership responsibility
  • Robust policies and management systems (OHSAS 18001)
  • Board health, safety and environment committee supported by Group health and safety forum
  • Processes in place for sharing best practice and lessons learnt across the Group
  • Established safety systems, site visits, monitoring and reporting procedures
  • Major incident investigation and root cause analysis of incidents and near misses
  • Regular HSE training including behavioural training
  • HSE committee reports to Board each month including details of audits on projects and training schedules and incident investigation reports if necessary


  • Not causing harm to people working on our sites
  • Reduction in lost time due to accidents
  • Enhanced reputation and ability to prequalify for contracts

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