Ferrovial - Annual Report 2010

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Health and safety

Health and Safety

Ferrovial considers occupational safety to be an essential and integral part of its activities. 

It is therefore actively committed to ensuring that its activities and the services it provides are performed to the highest health and safety standards for its employees and customers.

Statistical indexes of accident rates in all of Ferrovial's business areas in Spain
Statistical index201020092008Var 10-09
Incidence rate 81.44 79.75 87.2 2.11%
Statistical indexrate 45.30 46.7 49.76 -3%
Severity rate 0.95 0.87 0.97 9.2%
Health and safety actions by Ferrovial worldwide
Health and Safety actions by Ferrovial worldwide201020092008Var 10-09
Occupational safety studies 2,743 2,846 6,594 -3.61%
Emergency plans 1,987 1,170 668 69.82%
Nº of visits by safety experts 15,870 15,073 5,3515 5.28%
Training in safe work practices (hours) 445,064 500,991 423,843 -11.16%
Training for safety experts (hours) 239,515 50,259 261,825 476%
Medical examinations for employees 34,120 30,271 22,977 12.7%
Statistical indexes of accident rates in the Construction division in Spain
Index*20102009Var 10-09 Sector 2009
Incidence rate 40.,20  52.2 -22.98% 89.80
Frequency rate 21.90 29.35 -25.4 52.3
Severity rate 0.54 0.57 -5.26% -
*The accident indexes are for the Construction Division in Spain. The Sector figures are the indexes prepared by the Ministry of Labor and Immigration for 2009 

Commuting accidents have been excluded from the Ferrovial Nacional and Construction Division indexes to allow direct comparison with the indexes published by the Ministry of Labor and Immigration.

  • Incidence rate: The number of accidents occurring during work hours for every thousand people exposed.
  • Frequency rate: The number of accidents resulting in sick leave occurring during work hours for every million hours worked.
  • Severity rate: The workdays lost as a result of accidents per thousand hours worked.

The number of occupational accidents in the Construction Division fell by 33% in 2010 to 40.20 per thousand people exposed. This compares with the industry average of 89.80 per thousand. The frequency rate fell by 25.4% to 21.90.

The incidence rate for all Ferrovial divisions in Spain saw a slight upturn of 2% to 81.44 accidents per thousand people exposed. The frequency rate fell by 3% to 45.30. 

There were two fatal accidents in Spain. One of them was a traffic accident caused by recklessness of a third party, and the other one had a non traumatic cause.  

The absenteeism rate in Spain in 2010 was 3.43%. This rate includes days lost to non-occupational illnesses and occupational accidents, including commuting accidents.


  • Continuous improvement in the health and safety of workers.

Lines of Action

  • Ongoing improvement in the design and implementation of effective systems to prevent and reduce health and safety risks in Ferrovial companies.

2010 Milestones

  • Maintenance and increase in the number of OHSAS 18001 certifications.
  • Training and awareness campaigns with major impact in the business.
  • Very significant reduction in accident rates in the Construction Division compared with 2009.

2011 Goals

  • Reduce accident rates below 2010 levels.
  • Carry out training and awareness actions in occupational health and safety.

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This is an electronic version of the 2010 Annual Report prepared by Ferrovial S.A. for its stakeholders, which aims to be complete and accurate. The contents of this version can be checked by referring to the print version. A copy of the print version in PDF format is available to download on this web page