The statistics show that the trend is moving in the right direction. Yet in 2013, Hydro failed to reduce the number of accidents. Even though our safety results are among the best in our industry, Hydro's clear ambition is to improve further.
Safety performance is the most important measurement of whether we are running the business properly. After a massive turnaround operation in the mid-1980s, the trend has been mostly positive even though we have not always reached our ambitious targets.
We did not achieve our most important target in 2013 – no fatal accidents - and our TRI rate (Total Recordable Injuries - number of injuries and incidents requiring medical treatment or relocation per million hours worked) did not improve. In March a contractor employee lost his life following an accident at an extrusion plant in France. Hydro's TRI rate was 3.4 in 2013 and 2012, and not reaching our target of 2.85. We have clear ambitions to improve this further, and in 2014 the company aims to reduce its TRI rate to 2.85.
Internal independent investigations are routinely initiated after fatal accidents and other serious incidents to identify the causes and reduce risk for recurrences. Our approach to improving safety performance is based on risk management, leadership qualities and shop floor engagement. An example is a company-wide, harmonized high-risk incident investigation and communication tool that was implemented in 2013. We have defined the priority areas man/machine interface, traffic and contractors as well as leadership behavior. Designing the interface between employees and technical equipment is important to avoid dangerous situations and accidents and is an important area in the Primary Metal and Rolled Products business areas.