Which Aussie company has the worst safety record?

by Ben Abbott14 Jul 2015
The workplace safety policies and results of Australia’s leading companies have been put under a microscope, with one well known brand faring the worst.
A Citi report released yesterday, Safety Spotlight: ASX100 Companies & More, examined the safety record of ASX100 companies as reported to investors.
It based the results on how often companies recorded injuries that resulted in lost time – or LTIFR – and investigated if safety figured in bonus structures.
The report found that Metcash - supplier of IGA supermarkets - has the worst safety record, followed by supermarket retailer Woolworths and airline Qantas.
Metcash recorded 14.1 injuries resulting in time away from the workplace for every million hours worked, while Woolworths recorded 10.4 and Qantas 8.9.
The other companies that featured in Citi’s the top ten worst performers were Wesfarmers (7.6), Tatts Group (7.3), Graincorp (7), Myer Holdings (7), Stockland (6.1), Energy Resources of Australia (5.7) and Scentre Group (5.5).
The report noted some companies in the ASX100 do not currently report safety data, with Macquarie Group the only one of this group in the top 20.
Citi investigated the remuneration plans of 32 companies to see if safety played a part in CEO bonus structures. It found that Metcash was one of only four companies that did not base some remuneration on safety data.
Metcash disputed the Citi findings, telling Fairfax Media that safety improvement KPIs had been in place for senior executives at the company for two years.
The report said Metcash reported one death between 2005 and 2014, an employee who died in a road crash while making a delivery. Woolworths reported seven fatalities in the same period - including five who were customers - two of which involved being struck by workplace equipment.


  • by David Broadhurst 17/08/2015 11:05:57 PM

    What we should be focusing on which would be of more benefit to industry and the people who work at the frontline is looking to see how we can create and reward a transparent culture instead of a clean slate.
    One we can experience continual improvement from, the other drives issues underground, I will let you decide which creates which.

  • by Safety Sam 7/01/2016 4:54:54 PM

    LTIFR is such an empty measure. This report literally means nothing.
    We don't know what the reporting culture is at Metcash compared to Woolies, we don't know who included contractors in their man hours but not the LTIs of that employer (common practice in the construction industry - contract labour hours are included in man hours total but the LTI of say 'Skilled' for the year are not = double dipping).
    We can presume that the road accident which resulted in a fatality for Metcash was almost certainly beyond that organisations control....What were the root causes of any of these incidents? What were the corrective actions?

    Totally pointless waste of time and money.

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