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Health and safety is one of Vesuvius’ key strategic objectives, and our overriding commitment to health and safety is embedded throughout the organisation. Our approach is to identify, eliminate, reduce or control all workplace risks, and an ongoing system of training, assessment and improvement is in place to focus on achieving this. We remain fundamentally committed to protecting the health and safety of employees, contractors, visitors, customers and any other persons affected by our activities.

Safety is therefore our top priority. We want to become a zero-accident company and are striving to become a best-in-class organisation for safety performance and leadership.

 

Our principles

  1. Good health and safety is good business
  2. Safety is everybody’s responsibility
  3. Working safely is a condition of employment
  4. All work-related injuries and work-related ill health are preventable

Safety Performance in 2022

Our Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 1.08 per million hours worked in 2022 was stable vs 2021 (1.06). Excluding third-party contractors and visitors, the LTIFR was 1.08. Third-party contractors and visitors LTIFR 2022: 1.02. We are on our schedule to achieve the 2025 target.

Fatalities and severe injuries

 Sadly, in 2022, one of our colleagues suffered a fatal injury during a maintenance operation at the site of our joint venture partner in Wuhan, China. We are actively taking steps to learn from this tragedy and improve our systems and procedures to prevent any similar occurrence. 

Another of our colleagues was killed in a road traffic accident while commuting to work. Vesuvius is providing financial and social support to their families. There were also several severe injuries in 2022. One of our colleagues in Brazil lost the tip of a finger in a moving conveyor belt. Another in China suffered some severe burns, from which he has fully recovered, from the explosion of raw materials during the charging of a mixer. The victims of two more injuries required short hospitalisations. Following full root cause analyses of each incident, robust preventative measures were implemented across Vesuvius with changes made to our HSE standards to reduce the risk of recurrences.