Occupational health and safety

Our overarching goal is to maintain Daimler employees’ health and physical well-being over the long term. We employ a preventive approach for maintaining workplace safety and the health of our employees. This approach is designed to help prevent work accidents, work-related illnesses, and occupational diseases to the greatest extent possible.

Every organizational unit within the Daimler Group defines and pursues occupational safety objectives on a regular basis. We utilize a top-down approach for defining our objectives and programs. Here, the general overarching strategy is developed by the Chief Group Physician and the Chief Safety Engineer and then discussed with the Board of Management. This general strategy, which is binding for all organizational units at Group companies, is based on our occupational health and safety guidelines and occupational safety strategy, as well as the results of audits and reviews.

We monitor the implementation of the corporate policy on occupational health and safety internally by means of safety due diligence audits. These audits address areas such as safety and accident management, risks arising from dangerous activities, fire and explosion risks, risks posed by ambient conditions, and risks associated with equipment and machinery. Our Health & Safety staff notify the responsible unit managers about any risks that have been identified in the audits, and then make specific recommendations for eliminating them. By the end of the reporting period, 20 % of all production locations in which we have majority holdings had been audited in this manner. We are looking to increase this figure to 100 % by 2023.

Various locations have their occupational safety and health management systems certified independently by external certification agencies in accordance with the ISO 45001 (formerly OHSAS 18001) standard in addition to the safety due diligence audits. In 2019, approximately 100,000 employees were working at production locations with a certified management system. That corresponds to around 40 % of our global workforce.

Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz AG, and Daimler Truck AG utilize a cross-site accident documentation system in conjunction with a standardized statistics system. All sites issue reports on recent accidents and regularly disclose accident figures for their facilities. In addition, Corporate Safety annually defines targeted upper limits for accidents at our various sites and units. This approach is supplemented by annual agreements on goals with the respective body responsible for personnel. These agreements also include the implementation of measures relating to occupational health and safety. A monthly report is also produced for each business unit. Group-wide accident figures are reported to the Human Resources & Labor Relations Director every three months. (See table E. 03)

Our employees are provided with comprehensive occupational health advice and can also take advantage of various measures and services offered by our company health-promotion program and counseling service. For many years now our health management system has focused on forward-looking solutions that range from the job-related “Daimler GesundheitsCheck” and the ergonomic design of workstations to an IT system that makes it easier to permanently reintegrate employees suffering from limitations imposed by their health.

E.03 Accident figures1

    2019 2018
Incidence of accidents      
Number of accidents (worldwide)   2,957 3,152
Incidence of accidents
(worldwide, number of work-related accidents that resulted in at least one lost day per 1 million hours of attendance)
Rate 6.8 7.7
Accident downtime
(worldwide, number of lost days per 1 million hours of attendance)
  107 113
Number of deaths as a result of work-related accidents   2 1
Number of employee deaths as a result of work-related accidents2   1 1
Number of deaths of third-party employees as a result of work-related accidents   1 0

1 Reporting rate of Daimler production locations worldwide: > 99 %.
2 Tragically, a Daimler employee and a third-party employee suffered fatal work-related accidents in Germany in 2019.

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