In 2010, as in previous years, we preserved the challenging target of 1.0 for Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF, 1 injury/1 mn worked hours), valid for the whole MOL Group excluding INA and IES. A total of 38 lost time injuries happened during the year, resulting in an LTIF value of 1.56. Although this number is still much better than the industry benchmark (CONCAWE downstream, 1.9 for both 2008 and 2009), it is unacceptable according to our HSE targets.
In the Refining and Marketing division several initiatives were launched to improve the HSE cultural level of employees:
In INA d.d. the LTIF was 3.1 for 64 LTI cases, which is slightly below the previous year’s level. INA Exploration and Production was much better than the INA average (LTIF was 1.1; better than LTIF for European E&P as defined by OGP). However, the situation is not the same at INA Refining and Marketing, which had an LTIF 4.8; far above the European R&M average according to CONCAWE.
It must be noted that the Croatian legal system regarding definitions and compensation for injuries at work is different than the general industry standard. Hence, there are disparities concerning the motivation of employees to declare some injuries as work-related injuries. Moreover, 40 % of the injuries that occurred at INA d.d. were the result of robberies at INA filling stations (post traumatic stress disorder) and 87 % were treated as light injuries. Analysing the statistics, one can also distinguish a seasonal distribution of injuries (majority during winter and harvest periods).
In order to improve the safety performance of INA, a number of actions are being taken, including:
One of the main causes of LTIs remains the improperly managed winter conditions, and lack of proper attention to pedestrian traffic and on-site activities. Subsequently, a number of slips, trips and falls resulted in largely minor injuries. Collisions with objects in the working environment and transport-related injuries must also be noted.
We deeply regret that even with our vigilance, there were fatal accidents to one of our own staff, two contractors and one third party:
In the interest of safer traffic, we have expanded the Defensive Driving Programme. Those colleagues whose work requires regular driving take part in a theoretical defensive driving course, and then participate in a monthly distance learning programme to keep their newly-acquired knowledge fresh. Participants also attend practical training sessions complete with personal evaluations. We recommend and offer the possibility to our drivers to take part in a supplemental driving course as well. The four modules of the course include: ‘Slippery road’, ‘Off-road’, ‘Drive at night and poor visibility conditions’, and the ‘Untrained drivers’ training. In 2010, approximately 400 employees of MOL Group participated in this programme. As a result of our efforts, compared to 2009, we have decreased our road accident rate (RAR, number of accidents per 1 million km driven) from 1.62 to 1.22.
In order to provide the possibility for drivers to refresh themselves by simple and fun physical exercises (‘fit to drive’ concept), an outdoor fitness park with exercise equipment was installed in one FS each in Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia (Tifon).
Our external company magazine, Stílus & Lendület, regularly publishes road safety alerts called “70 Rules for Safe Driving” for customers of our filling stations.
Activities regarding contractor safety in 2010 were mainly influenced by an unfortunate event involving our on-site contractor (fatality of contractor’s employee) which happened in March of that year at the MOL Hungary Csepel site. The company analysed the accident and identified all shortcomings and areas for improvement in Contractor HSE Management. HSE and all relevant businesses are now focused on system improvement, primarily in contractor pre-qualification, proper training prior to job execution, on-site inspection of contractors during implementation, and a motivation system to ensure that contractors abide by all HSE rules relevant to the on-site work environment.
Besides these activities, we continued external audits of our strategic and key on-site contractors. A total of 147 audits were conducted, in which 53 percent of audited contractors achieved the advanced rating.