Ferrovial - Annual Report 2012


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Health and Safety

Statistical indices of accident rates for all Ferrovial business areas in Spain
Statistical index201220112010
Total Incidence Rate 60.02  65.37 81.44
Female Incidence Rate 43.78  
Male Incidence Rate 69.23
Total Frequency Rate 39.19 38.30 45.34
Female Frequency Rate 26.02
Male Frequency Rate 47.87
Severity Rate 0.91 0.94 0.95
Total Accident Rate 7.84
Female Accident Rate 5.20
Male Accident Rate 9.57
Days Lost Rate 0.09
Absenteeism Rate 3.08
Statistical indices of accident rates for Ferrovial at international level
Incidence Rate 43.74 43.13
Frequency Rate 25.7
Accident Rate 5.14
Days Lost Rate 0.06
Absenteeism Rate 2.66
No. of fatalities among employees 3 0
Statistical indices of accident rates in the Construction Division in Spain
Index20122011Var. 12-11 (%)
Total Incidence Rate 20.92 37.68 -44.48
Female Incidence Rate 1.89
Male Incidence Rate 24.32
Total Frequency Rate 12.35 21.03 -41.29
Female Frequency Rate 1.11
Male Frequency Rate 14.36
Total Severity Rate 0.29 0.44 -34.09
Commuting accidents were excluded and only working days were included in the calculation of lost days when calculating Ferrovial's statistical accident rate indices.
To calculate the absenteeism rate, all days lost were taken into account including those caused by commuting accidents. The workforce used for the calculations was that covered by the Ferrovial Prevention Systems, which cover 94% of the average workforce.

Rates used in the report:

  • Incidence rate: The number of accidents leading to days lost that occur during working hours, for every thousand people exposed.
  • Frequency rate: The number of accidents leading to days lost that occur during working hours, for every million hours worked.
  • Severity rate: The days lost as a result of occupational accidents per thousand hours worked.
  • Accident rate: The number of accidents in relation to total time worked, per 200,000.
  • Rate of days lost due to occupational pathology: This compares total days lost with real hours worked, as a percentage.
  • Absenteeism rate: The real number of days lost due to absenteeism compared with real days worked, as a percentage.
Health and safety actions by Ferrovial worldwide*
Type of Safety Action201220112010
Occupational safety studies 2,412 2,749 2,743
Emergency plans 485 1,443 1,987
No. of visits by safety experts 12,571 15,271 15,870
Training in safe work practices (hours) 202,523 374,721 445,564
Training for safety experts (hours) 27,746 27,507 239,515
Medical check-ups of employees 23,311 29,687 34,120
No. of incident investigations 3,208
Percentage of workers represented on Health and Safety committees 64.24 %
Percentage of workers under an internally/legally verified OHS Management System 91.58 %
Percentage of workers under an independently certified and verified OHS Management System 90.30 %
*These percentages have been calculated for the workforce covered by the Ferrovial Prevention Systems, which cover 94% of the average workforce.

There was a noteworthy improvement in the accident rate in the Construction division in 2012, with the incidence rate cut by nearly 45%. The frequency rate was down 41% to 12.35, while the severity rate declined 34% to 0.29.

At a national level, Ferrovial reduced the incidence rate by over 8% on the 2011 figures, to 60.02.

Health and Safety Policy

All Ferrovial business areas have health and safety policies in place that are customized to the demands of each business and are approved by senior management, in compliance with applicable domestic and international regulations.

One of Ferrovial's primary missions is to achieve consistent health and safety improvements at all of its work sites; this also represents a duty and a right for all Ferrovial employees.

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  • Ongoing improvements to employee health and safety.

Lines of Action

  • Design and implementation of effective systems to prevent and reduce health and safety risks in Ferrovial companies.

2012 Milestones

  • Maintained and improved established OHSAS certification levels.
  • Ran several informational and training campaigns covering health and safety issues, including: "Play safe", "Push the prevention button", "Alcohol-free work" and "Safe use of cell phones".

2013 Goals

  • Extend the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard at the international level.
  • Perform security audits at an international level.
  • Provide specific training for employees responsible for health and safety, covering new procedures for investigating incidents and accidents and coordinating business activities.

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This is an electronic version of the 2012 Annual Report prepared by Ferrovial, S.A. for its stakeholders, which aims to be complete and accurate. The contents of this version can be checked by referring to the print version. A copy of the print version in PDF format is available to download on this web page