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Health and safety

WIS delivered excellent outcomes in employee health and safety during the year with all business units achieving target reductions in total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR). Overall, WIS TRIFR reduced from 9.2 to 8.1. In addition, injury severity rate decreased by 35 per cent over the 2017 financial year reflecting a significant reduction in the risk level of injuries experienced. The severity rate can be calculated for work-related injuries/illness where the occurrence results in one or more lost days. WIS has also developed a new four pillar Health, Safety and Wellbeing strategy which includes focused activities related to governance, operational excellence, physical and psychological wellbeing. Some activities undertaken during the year were:

  • A pilot program focused on life stage planning and superannuation considerations was completed in Blackwoods Greystanes, Coregas Yennora and Macquarie Park in New South Wales.
  • A Step up Team 10,000 step daily challenge took place over ten weeks with stories and engagement linked to Indigenous employees and community, healthy recipes, hints and tips and fund raising for nominated charities.
  • Expert ergonomic reviews in Coregas cylinder test station and Blackwoods Embellishment operations to reduce hazardous manual tasking and improve engineering controls and equipment.
  • Fit for Work program introduced random drug and alcohol testing in Blackwoods Australia.

Safety performance


total recordable injury frequency rate
2017   8.1
2016   9.21
2015   11.4
2014   11.0
2013   13.8
1 Restated due to maturation of data