AUDI AG: Industrial safety honored
- Member of the Board for Production Dr. Frank Dreves: “Industrial safety is a key element for trouble-free production”
- Member of the Board for HR Thomas Sigi: “An outstanding result that motivates us to do even more”
Good marks for Audi industrial safety: The number of industrial accidents relative to the hours worked remains at a consistently low level. For the third time since 2008, Audi has achieved the record low mark of 2.3 industrial accidents per million hours worked. The statistic covers accidents resulting in at least one day of lost work. The company honored particularly responsible teams that significantly improved industrial safety with a ceremony this past Thursday at Audi Forum Neckarsulm.
Five representatives of management and the Works Council presented the awards: Member of the Board for Production Dr. Frank Dreves, Member of the Board for HR Thomas Sigi, General Works Council Chairman Peter Mosch and, from Neckarsulm, Works Council Chairman Norbert Rank and Plant Manager Fred Schulze.
Audi employees from a variety of European sites traveled to Neckarsulm for the presentation of the 2011 Industrial Safety Prize. A total of nine teams distinguished themselves last year by significantly improving industrial safety. “With production becoming increasingly complex, industrial safety is more important than ever,” said Member of Board for Production Dr. Frank Dreves. “To ensure trouble-free production, we therefore need employees who make sure that industrial safety is taken seriously and continuously optimized. This is the only way we can maintain the high Audi standard for the health and safety of our employees.”
“We are pleased with this outstanding result,” said Member of Board for HR Thomas Sigi. “The success of these outstanding teams motivates all employees to continue working to improve industrial safety every day, to protect themselves and their coworkers.”
“Industrial safety is a topic that concerns the entire Audi workforce. It is important that responsibilities are clearly defined, authorities are agreed and ultimately that each individual employee exemplifies industrial safety,” explained Peter Mosch, Chairman of the AUDI AG General Works Council.
“We on the Works Council place great importance in workplace safety as it pertains to the health of our colleagues. We therefore support the efforts of the company to maintain and improve the high standards whenever possible,” added Norbert Rank, Chairman of the Neckarsulm Works Council.
This year marks the first time the five-member jury selected winners in four categories:
- Taking first place in the category “Continuous Reduction of the Accident Figures” was Production Line B II/Subgroup Production A3/A4. Between 2007 and 2011, the number of industrial accidents decreased by 7.4 index points per million hours worked.
- Audi Training defended its first-place finish in the “Accident-free Working” category. The employees there increased their top figure from 2010 to 5 million accident-free hours worked – an outstanding result company-wide.
- The A4 Finishing Coat team from Ingolstadt received this year’s Initiative Project award in recognition for a change in operating materials and equipment. Thanks to a clever idea, the doors now open automatically, thus avoiding injuries.
- This year’s winning teams at the individual sites in the “Initiative” category are: A4 Assembly (Neckarsulm), Paint Shop (Ingolstadt), Pre-assembly Doors (Brussels) and Bare Engine Assembly (Győr).