Health & Safety

Safety is a core value and is the responsibility of all working in CRH.

Health and safety policy

CRH’s health and safety policy, applied rigorously across all Group companies, is to:

  • Comply, at a minimum, with all applicable legislation and continually improve our health and safety stewardship towards industry best practice
  • Ensure that our employees and contractors respect the Group’s health and safety imperatives
  • Ensure that our companies provide a healthy and safe workplace for our employees and contractors, and take due care of all customers and visitors at our locations
  • Require all our company employees and contractors to work in a safe manner as mandated by law and industry best practice.

Health and safety management

Health and safety management is a daily priority of line management in every CRH company and location. This line responsibility continues up to Divisional Managing Director, the Chief Executive Officer and ultimately to CRH Board level. Safety Officers work closely with and assist line managers in developing safety management and improving safety performance. CRH health and safety management systems are well established and are regularly reviewed taking into account industry best practice. Knowledge-sharing around the Group also plays an important part in this process.

CRH intensified its efforts to eliminate fatalities from all operations, and introduced enhanced procedures to ensure that circumstances surrounding such events are promptly identified, and that lessons learned are communicated throughout the Group as a matter of urgency. The elimination of fatalities remains a key objective across CRH.

Safety performance

Over the last decade, both Group Accident Frequency and Severity Rates have significantly improved. CRH’s goal is zero fatalities and zero accidents. Due to the nature and size of CRH’s businesses, these are extremely challenging goals. CRH will continue to devote substantial management and employee time and all the appropriate resources to this area to progress Group performance towards these targets.

Read more in our 2018 Sustainability Report