Occupational Health and Safety
We work hard to provide a safe working environment for our employees. To achieve our goal of an accident-free workplace, we have introduced numerous measures to reduce accident frequency and severity.
We ensure our management systems conform to the internationally accepted OHSAS 18001 standard. Additional measures include:
- Performing, for each manufacturing and servicing site, independent legal compliance checks regarding health, safety and the environment at least every three years.
- Implementing a thorough Accident and Incident Investigation Directive which must be followed.
- Implementing systems for reporting and following up on near-misses/dangerous situations. Over time, we expect to reduce the occurrence of near-miss situations as we did for accidents.
As a result of these and other measures, our manufacturing sites have considerably reduced their safety risks. Over the last five years, the number of accidents and lost work days decreased by a factor of ten, reaching world-class status at the end of 2006.
We have also been acknowledged by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development for our health and safety standards in India, including the transfer of modern locomotive propulsion technology. We will seek the same standards of excellence in our work on the construction of the Gautrain mass transit system in South Africa and in our planned production facility for Delhi metro cars in India.