In the area of workplace health and safety, the Board of Management of DEUTZ AG has set itself the most ambitious target imaginable: reducing the number of accidents to zero. In order to achieve this, measures are necessary that go well beyond the requirements imposed by law and by the employers’ liability insurance association.
Accident frequency1) (AF), the number of notifiable workplace accidents in relation to the number of hours worked, fell again in 2014 to reach 20.8 (2013: 21.3). This highlights the continuing impact of DEUTZ’s health and safety at work measures.
In 2014, the number of notifiable accidents per thousand employees2) rose slightly on the previous year to reach 26.1 (2013: 24.3). The increase was due to the fact that in 2014 there were, on average, fewer employees dealing with a busier production programme.
To ensure that the safety of our workers is continually being improved, all accidents – regardless of their severity – are reported and evaluated by the team so that action can be taken to prevent a repeat.
In 2014, the health management department of DEUTZ AG joined forces with the Pronova health insurance scheme to launch a programme aimed at improving health and safety – and specifically ergonomics – at workstations in manufacturing and production. As part of this initiative, trained physiotherapists were brought in to talk to employees at their workstations and give them tips and advice on ergonomic matters. DEUTZ sees these training sessions as an opportunity to take early preventive action to counteract some of the problems related to demographic change in society. In the year under review, Pronova made a financial contribution to the running of an ergonomics programme. This sort of training can only succeed if it has long-term backing, so we intend to continue our support.
1) Accident frequency: number of accidents per 1 million hours worked (as defined by the employers’ liability insurance association).
2) Known as TMQ (Tausend-Mann-Quote) in German.