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Hanson UK disappointed by safety performance

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Hanson UK reported a “disappointing” safety performance in 2016, according to its latest sustainability report. The company’s record on a range of safety measures showed static or worsening performance, including 21 total lost time injuries (LTIs) – on par with 2015.

The LTI frequency rate, an industry standard that records injuries per one million hours worked, rose again in 2016, to 1.84, after increasing from 1.47 in 2014 to 1.74 in 2015. The LTI severity rate, which is derived from the total number of days lost, fell from 77.3 in 2015 to 50.3 in 2016; however, it remains above the 2014 low of 40.96 and the 2010 baseline of 44.20.

Within Hanson’s cement business, there were five LTIs – two involving employees and three involving contractors – a rise from just two LTIs in 2015. LTI frequency rate in the cement business was also up to 1.72 from 0.91 in 2015.

There was, however, a marked decrease in LTI severity rate in Hanson’s cement business, which fell from 59.79 in 2015 to just 10.34 in 2016 – a sign that the LTI incidents resulted in only minor injuries.

Four of the company’s business lines hit the target of zero harm in the workplace: building contractor, Irvine-Whitlock, ready-mixed concrete supplier, Smiths Concrete, Hanson asphalt and contracting, and Midland Quarry Products all recorded zero LTIs in 2016.

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