We have made it our goal to reduce the worldwide lost time injury rate per one million working hours to 0.5 at most by 2025.
For 2018, we will adapt our reporting on accidents to the recommendations of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the German Chemicals Industry Association (VCI). To implement these recommendations, we also have to convert our targets. Consequently, our goal from 2018 onward is to reduce occupational safety incidents to a rate of no more than 0.1 per 200,000 working hours by 2025 (previous goal: a rate of no more than 0.5 incidents per one million working hours).
In 2017, 1.4 work-related accidents per one million working hours occurred at BASF sites worldwide (2016: 1.5*), reducing the proportion of chemical-related accidents to 5% (2016: 9%). The rate of work-related accidents per one million working hours for contractors was at 1.5 in 2017 (2016: 1.5).
Unfortunately, there were two fatal work-related accidents in 2017. In 2016, four incidents occurred with a total of eight fatalities, of which seven in 2016. BASF is performing a comprehensive analysis of the incidents and using the findings to derive appropriate measures.
One employee of a contractor died during demolition work in McIntosh, Alabama, in November. The cause of the accident is still being investigated by BASF and the relevant authorities in Alabama. In November, one employee of a contractor died as a result of a traffic accident at the Shanghai-Pudong site in China. The cyclist was hit by a truck. The exact cause of the accident is still being investigated by BASF and the relevant local authorities. Refresher training on traffic safety was held for employees of contractors at the site following the accident. We will review additional measures based on the results of the investigation into the cause of the accident.
In September 2017, one employee of the BASF fire department succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident at the North Harbor at BASF SE in Ludwigshafen in October 2016. An explosion and subsequent fires occurred during work on a pipeline. Four employees of the BASF fire department and one barge crewman lost their lives in or as a result of the accident. Twenty-eight people were injured. According to a report on the cause of the fire commissioned by the district attorney’s office of the city of Frankenthal, the explosion and subsequent fires occurred during work performed with an angle grinder. It states that one employee of a contractor cut into the wrong pipeline, triggering the chain reaction that caused the explosion. The report rules out other causes or technical defects at the North Harbor plants. BASF continues to support the relevant authorities in their investigations.
* The 2016 figure has been restated as against the previous year’s from 1.4 to 1.5 due to retrospective accident reports.