More than 200,000 employees and contractors are marking
ArcelorMittal's annual global Health and Safety Day today, April 28
2014, with events that focus on the theme of â€˜stop, think and act safely
â€“ in practice'.
Now in its eighth year, Health and Safety Day is one of the most
important fixtures in the company's calendar, providing an opportunity
to refocus and highlight the importance of health and the safety -
ArcelorMittal's number one priority - in the workplace.
This year, the day will focus specifically on the occupational safety
topics of falling from heights, pinch points and slips, trips and
falls, in addition to the wider theme of â€˜stop, think and act safely, in
practice' which calls on everyone, from shop floor workers and miners,
drivers and engineers to each member of the company's Group Management
Board, to commit to taking responsibility for their safety and health as
well as their colleagues' wellbeing.
Highlights at ArcelorMittal sites around the world include a health
walk and a safety challenge obstacle course in Vereeniging, South
Africa; health checks, safety demonstrations and hazard spotting tests
at the company's USA sites; in France, workshops on topics from fighting
addictions to the correct use of safety harnesses will take place.
Members of the board of directors, Group Management Board and
management committee will also be taking part in activities at sites
across the company.
day colleagues at ArcelorMittal work in hazardous conditions, where
accidents are always possible. In recognition of this, ArcelorMittal
launched its Journey to Zero campaign in 2008, with the aim of achieving
zero fatalities, zero lost time injuries and zero occupational
illnesses. Significant progress has been made in the past six years: in
2013 the group achieved its best-ever lost time injury frequency rate
(LTIFR) of 0.85, down from 3.2 in 2007. This year's target is 0.75, with
an ambitious medium-term target of 0.5 in 2017.
Speaking to employees and contractors today, Lakshmi N Mittal,
chairman and CEO, ArcelorMittal said: 'When we analyse the accidents
occurring, we can see that almost 60% are arising from contractors and
40% are our employees. As some accidents are of a repetitive nature, in
addition to further operational improvements, we will work on our
behaviour, our culture, on the engagement and the participation of all
our employees to bring greater awareness in the company that we need to
be careful: we need to watch out for each other. We really want every
employee in the company - as well as contractors - to go home safely at
the end of each day.'
Gonzalo Urquijo, Group Management Board member responsible for health
and safety said: 'we want to be the safest steel and mining company in
the world. There's a lot of work that has to be done in order to be the
best in class. Stop, think and act safely, in practice: I think we all
have to be committed to this and if we can do that, I'm sure we will
make enormous progress in 2014.'
Last year, 231,000 employees and contractors took part in Health and
Safety Day. Highlights included health workshops to deal with stress at
work, that took place in Belval and Differdange, Luxembourg; in
Fos-sur-Mer, France, the victims of lost time injuries spoke about their
experiences to fellow workers while colleagues in Vanderbijlpark, South
Africa had the chance to attend a theatre workshop putting on
performances focusing on different aspects of health and safety, urging
workers to use common sense instead of short cuts.
Image top: ArcelorMittal employees at Zdzieszowice Coke Plant.
Image bottom: Employees at Dabrowa Gornicza form a 'safety chain'
to symbolize the use of protective equipment and unification of our
employees in journey to zero accidents
Photo: Adam Pejcha