Accident frequency rate*
*The number of RIDDOR reportable accidents multiplied by 100,000 and divided by the number of hours worked.
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:
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.
Our priorities for 2017 are:
Safety or environment incident