DS Smith tops corrugated safety leaderboard in Europe

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DS Smith has registered the fewest accidents in the European corrugated industry for the third year in a row.

The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) statistics demonstrated a continuous downward trend over the past nine years.

DS Smith’s ‘Vision Zero’ strategy consists of four key areas: leadership; engagement; systems and processes; and culture. Each of these has a goal with annual activities and performance indicators. In its last fiscal year, DS Smith achieved an 8% like-for-like reduction in its Accident Frequency Rate and eight per cent reduction in its Lost Time Accidents.

The focus on health and safety has also been at the forefront of DS Smith response during the Covid-19 pandemic. The company has managed to maintain all its production sites operational, following national government and health guidelines.

Marco Maguina, head of safety at DS Smith Packaging, said: “The safety of our people is our top priority. This result shows that our Vision Zero strategy is embedded across the organisation, which has been achieved through strong engagement among our leaders and our incredible teams across the company. We thank every single employee for always prioritising safety, and we are determined to continue our journey towards our Vision Zero.”