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Our employees sit at the heart of our CR agenda. During 2014 we continued to invest in our facilities to ensure that our employees have workshops and facilities with the highest Health and Safety standards.
In 2014 the Group achieved its key performance indicators (KPI’s) for accident reduction in both its defined categories. We ended the year with an Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) 1 day of 0.79 per 100,000 hours worked against our target of 0.9 and an over 3 day rate of 0.52 per 100,000 hours worked against a target rate of 0.63. These figures not only bettered our targets, they are also a considerable improvement on our 2013 rates and can be attributed to the Health and Safety programmes running in each of our businesses since the introduction of the Your Safety our Priority campaigns in 2013.
Behavioural safety strategies were launched in the UK and Germany. The UK strategy has seen 88 operational managers undergo a two day safety leadership workshop to explore how and why accidents occur and how they can avoided. This workshop was followed by training 16 of these leaders to roll out a half day behavioural safety workshop to all employees. These workshops have contributed to the reduction in accidents and incidents throughout the year. The workshops will continue until all UK & Group employees have completed the programme. Behavioural Safety programmes are planned for the remainder of the Group in 2015.
2014 was another very successful year in terms of receiving industry recognition in terms of awards for health & safety excellence and innovation. We saw the Group achieve several awards including the UK who achieved their 6th consecutive ROSPA Gold award.
The UK maintained the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Bronze standard and invested in additional technology to comply with the new standard for Construction Logistics – Managing Work Related Road Risk, a standard which was introduced to reduce the number of accidents involving construction plant and cyclists or pedestrians.