Occupational Safety and Health

2015 Corporate Responsibility report > Social Resilience

Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational Safety and Health

Safety is a core value for Nesher, and consequently the one of the Company’s goals is injury-free ongoing operations and total commitment to the prevention of occupational accidents. Both management and employees are responsible for safety. Within this framework, there are joint employee-management health and safety committees, as required by law, with representation of all employees. There are also special safety monitoring mechanisms at the disposal of senior management, and a continuous, active effort is made by the Company to draw conclusions to improve methods of prevention and risk handling. Nesher management believes that by cooperating and imparting the importance of safety to all team members, the Company will reach its goal of ongoing operation with zero injuries.

With regard to occupational safety, the Company is meticulous about providing employers with the full range of safety procedure training and authorizations required by the relevant safety standards. It is also involved in early mission planning which includes work permits signed by managers for each job, incident analyses, and near-miss incident analyses.

"The precautionary principle"

In order to meet the “activity with zero injuries” goal, the Company adopted a proactive approach in all matters concerning safety and occupational accidents, working to prevent accidents instead of reacting to them. One of the most important tools is integrating safety into task planning. For this purpose, risk assessment procedures are used to identify safety vulnerabilities in the work environment prior to carrying out a task in the field. The assessment includes all parts of the management and work process. Managers of all levels visit the Nesher plant to identify, and point out in advance, existing safety risks.

In addition to pre-planning designed to prevent accidents, the Company also uses a process for analyzing incidents involving an injury and “near miss accidents” (incidents with no visible injuries or damage) in order to understand what caused the problem and how it may be avoided. The analysis includes two main stages: error analysis and cause analysis. A dedicated managers and workers team then meets to finalize proactive conclusions for preventing future incidents, and the responsibility for implementing modifications in work procedures is communicated to the relevant agents.

Nesher Ramla – Work Accidents Total

 20052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Work accidents
4638381818212934254030
Accident rate
2.11.81.90.80.80.951.11.40.91.41.1
Accident days (loss of work days)
824513458307101265264656448426350
Accident days rate
37.124.423.113.44.412.010.326.716.415.212.4

Data for 2015 no longer includes the HarTuv and PPM plants. Since 2005, work accidents and lost workdays data also includes the contractor employees accidents, in addition to the company employees accidents. The rates of work accidents and lost work days are indicators of the number of accidents and lost work days in relation to 100,000 man hours. These indicators can be used to compare the performance of various companies.

  • Work Accidents - 2015
    SegmentationType of injuryNumber of work accidentsInjury Rate (IR)Occupational Diseases Rate (ODR)Lost Day Rate (LDR)
    Total employees (Nesher employees)Falls, cuts, tool-related injuries0000
    Men0000
    Women0000
    Total employees (contractor's workers)0000
    Men0000
    Women0000

Emergency Readiness

To deal with emergencies, the Company formed the Plant Emergency Authority forum to instruct company management on how to prepare for various states of emergency such as fires, earthquakes, war, etc. The company also holds regular emergency training and drills, and is well equipped to handle all eventualities.

In 2013 a special in-house safety and rescue team was formed in Nesher Ramla that specializes in handling collapsed buildings. The team consists of nineteen trained employees and special equipment was acquired to handle a variety of emergency operations.

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In addition, there are dedicated teams, as well as appropriate equipment, in place in the plants to deal with extinguishing fires. Different rescue and evacuation teams undergo special training and refresher courses throughout the year, every year, in order to maintain readiness at all times.

Examples of safety activities in the plants during the report period:

  • Production of safety videos with employee participation.
  • Expansion of the safety trustees’ forum to provide better solutions for the plants’ needs.
  • Meetings to discuss safety issues with colleagues from other companies.
  • Comprehensive safety survey to locate gaps in electricity safety and to close the gaps in accordance with the findings and recommendations.
  • Safety climate surveys and gap closing according to the survey recommendations.
  • Establishing safety in archeological excavations in the quarry, training for all employees on the subject of excavation risks, and appointment of a safety manager for the quarry site.
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