Annual Report & Accounts 2013
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Occupational and industrial safety

Our position

At Severstal, we believe leadership in the field of health and safety is key to sustainable development and long-term success. In fact, improved safety is one of our key performance indicators, crucial for the long-term competitiveness of our business.

Our Health and Safety Policy, signed by our CEO, informs safe behaviour throughout all Severstal’s companies, enterprises and production processes. The policy states six fundamental principles:

  • Safe working conditions are a priority
  • Health and Safety management is a key component of the Severstal Business System
  • Workplace hazards must be identified and all accidents reported
  • Employees should behave safely and responsibly
  • We comply with all health and safety regulations
  • Health and safety information must be clear and straightforward

Our action

We remain fully committed to running a safe and accident-free business. Our goal is to achieve zero fatalities. To achieve this, we run a continuous safety improvement program across all our operations, aiming to employ the best international health and safety practices and become the leading Russian company in this field.

This is the Labour Safety project, which we have developed as part of the Severstal Business System. The project aims to improve performance by involving all employees and reinforcing a culture of safety based on personal responsibility and recognition. The project is structured in three parts: providing safer working conditions, training, and engaging employees. An essential element of the Labour Safety project is a comprehensive audit and analysis, allowing us to monitor and compare standards and practices across the company, further helping us to improve health and safety performance.

In 2013, we kept LTIFR nearly at the same level as in 2012. Eleven Severstal Russian Steel businesses had zero injuries throughout the year.

LTIFR – Lost time injury frequency rate

In 2013, we continued investing in labour safety initiatives. For example, Cherepovets Steel Mill invested approximately 10 million rubles in crane fall arrest systems in 2013. Fall arrest systems are installed on all electric cranes except for cranes with secondary load-sustaining brakes. These systems prevent falls and spontaneous lowering of crane loads after the loss of any of the three phases of power supply. This year, fall arrest systems were installed on all cranes in cold roll, hot roll, steelmaking, blast furnace and sintering plants, as well as in the transportation department and the Chief Power Engineer’s department of Cherepovets Steel Mill. The average cost of installation was 43 thousand rubles per crane. “We agreed upon the crane fall arrest programme with the Northern Authority of Rostekhnadzor. The programme covers 716 cranes. In 2013, we equipped 230 cranes of Cherepovets Steel Mill with the fall arrest systems. This program is scheduled for completion in 2014,” says Andrey Lutsenko, CTO of Severstal Russian Steel.

We continued improving the Labour Safety project methodologies throughout 2013. For example, we implemented the new format of Behavioral Safety Audits (BSA) in Severstal Russian Steel that enables us to analyse the root causes of dangerous behaviors and develop corrective action plans.

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