Occupational health & safety

GEA gives top priority to occupational health and safety. Above and beyond legal requirements, GEA feels obligated to protect both its own and customer employees. As a rule, customers have developed their own sets of strict criteria that are met by GEA employees on the basis of good occupational and further training as well as regular technical training delivered in-house.

Within the framework of GEA’s QHSE organization, the excellence level makes sure that contracts concluded with customers and suppliers/sub-suppliers are in line with the standards set by GEA, with the governance function providing the respective standard processes.

Compared with the previous year, the number of accidents remained constant. Yet, on account of the larger number of working hours reported, GEA’s 2018 Lost Day Frequency Rate experienced a considerable decline to 5.97 accidents per million working hours (previous year: 6.18). In the year under review, a total of 243 accidents (previous year: 242) were reported, with 93 sites – i.e. two thirds of all GEA locations (previous year: 53 percent) – remaining accident free. 2018 was another year without fatal workplace accidents. The Lost Day Severity Rate also substantially decreased to 117.58 days lost after accidents per million hours worked (previous year: 172.18). This implies that the accidents entailed fewer working days lost.

Key figures occupational safety                              

2018 K

2017 K

2016

Number of workplace accidents

243

242

264

BA Equipment

151

 

BA Solutions

92

 

Number of days lost

4,786

6,716

6,338

BA Equipment

2,984

 

BA Solutions

1,802

 

Lost Day Frequency Rate1

5.97

6.18

6.69

BA Equipment

7.09

8.90

8.44

BA Solutions

4.86

3.37

5.18

Lost Day Severity Rate2

117.58

172.18

159.82

BA Equipment

140.15

229.37

195.30

BA Solutions

95.11

113.89

130.99

Near misses (Proactive Injury Rate, PAIR)3

145.76

97.1

BA Equipment

243.14

 

BA Solutions

39.90

 

Total Injury Rate, TIR3

37.88

45.2

BA Equipment

58.52

 

BA Solutions

15.62

 

Accident-free entities, as a percentage of all entities4

59.62

53.0

K) Audited by KPMG
1) Frequency of accidents: lost time injuries per million working hours; since 2018, GEA counts up to 182 days of time lost pursuant to the European Statistics for Accidents at Work (ESAW); previously, it counted up to 365 days
2) Severity rate: days lost broken down by types of accident per million working hours; since 2018, GEA counts up to 182 days of time lost pursuant to ESAW; previously, it counted up to 365 days
3) per million working hours
4) out of 156 entities

Accidents at work
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