This excerpt taken from the ICI 6-K filed Mar 21, 2007.
ICI and safety
The Company regrets that in 2006 two contractors died while carrying out work for ICI. These are the first fatalities involving operations, rather than motor vehicle incidents, since 2000. In the first case, a maintenance contractor in Argentina was asphyxiated when he made an unauthorised entry into a silo containing nitrogen, used as a fluidizing agent. In the second a contractors worker went on to the roof of a product distribution centre in Indonesia, without authorisation, and was fatally injured when he fell 4.5 metres onto the concrete floor. Both incidents were clear breaches of existing Company procedures. Full details of the investigations, root causes and improvement actions have been communicated across the businesses, requiring each site to take action to ensure that such events cannot happen again.
ICI has achieved an 89% reduction in employee work-related injury and illness rates since 1990. The Sustainability Challenge 2010 milestone is a Total Reportable Case Rate of 0.56 by 2010 a 40% improvement on the 2005 performance. In 2006 we achieved 0.79 which is a 10% improvement on 2005. Manual handling issues remain a focus area for improvement. Overall Group performance remains amongst the industry leaders, and there are some ICI sites in all regions which have reached or exceeded the milestone of 10 years without a lost-time injury.