GRI-G4  LA6, LA7
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Safety first

By integrating the standards and tools defined in the Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS), the methods and tools in the World Class Manufacturing Safety pillar, proactive employee participation, development of know-how and the company’s financial commitment, the Group has achieved significant results in reducing the indicators related to work injuries.

Frequency rate(1)

Fiat Group worldwide (accidents per 100,000 hours worked)                    

Severity rate(2) 

Fiat Group worldwide (days of absence due to accidents per 1,000 hours worked)


Work injuries are investigated and analyzed in depth to understand root causes and to establish the right measures to eliminate the risk of recurrence. The injuries are classified according to their frequency, severity and gender of the employee involved. Further classifications are handled at the site level and by production line/process. Any new best practice deriving from this in-depth analysis is then shared across the Group.

For the seventh year in a row, work injury indicators continued to improve, with a 13.6% drop in the Frequency rate (with 0.19 accidents per 100,000 hours worked) and 14.3% in the Severity rate (with 0.06 days of absence per 1,000 hours worked) compared with the previous years. As of 2012, data is also monitored by gender. The data analysis does not show any prevailing gender-related trend. For further details see Appendix

Initiatives and investments also led to a gradual reduction of risk factors attributed to our plants in Italy by the National Institution for Insurance against Accidents at Work (INAIL). The measures adopted by the Group have yielded savings from lower insurance premiums paid to INAIL, amounting to over €17.5 million in 2011, about €16 million in 2012 and €14.6 million in 2013.

Every year near misses(3) (approximately 28,000 cases identified and analyzed in 2013) and unsafe acts continue to be monitored. This analysis enables the development of measures to prevent conditions and to correct behaviors that could potentially cause hazardous situations.

Prevention, surveillance and emergency aid activities to safeguard health in the workplace are carried out by medical and paramedical personnel, generally present at each Group plant based on the needs of each site. In 2013, medical check-ups of all kinds numbered approximately 409,000 (318,000 in 2012).

(1) The Frequency rate is the ratio of the number of injuries reported (resulting in more than three days of absence) to the number of hours worked, multiplied by 100,000.
(2) The Severity rate is the ratio of the number of days of absence due to accidents to the number of hours worked, multiplied by 1,000.
(3) A near miss is an event that did not result in injury or illness but had the potential to do so.


Fiat Group worldwide

  2013 2012 2011
Fatal accidents involving Group employees (no.) 2 3 0

In 2013, two fatal accidents occurred involving Fiat Group employees in Brazil and Argentina. The first involved an employee at the Teksid plant in Brazil, the second concerned a Comau worker at the plant in Argentina.

A fatal accident involving one employee from an external company occurred at the Fiat Group Automobiles plant G. Vico (Italy). Each accident was analyzed in-depth and the Group companies involved took immediate steps to support the families of these individuals and are fully cooperating with local authorities.

Occupational illnesses refer to diseases resulting from gradual and progressive harm to the worker, which occur during, and as a direct consequence of, insured activities performed while working. Trends in occupational illnesses and how they change over time are closely monitored by the Group.

From a statistical point of view, information on occupational diseases occurring within the manufacturing environment is collected and classified in two distinct categories: case files opened and confirmed cases of disease. The former are cases being investigated and verified by insurers in accordance with applicable local regulations to determine the existence of an occupational disease and any causal link with the work activities performed. The latter are cases where the insurer, upon completion of the investigation, confirms that the above conditions exist.

In 2013, a total of 732 cases of occupational illnesses were verified by insurers in the various countries. The Occupational Illness Frequency rate shows the ratio of occupational illness cases per 100,000 hours worked. In 2013, it was 0.18 (0.24 in 2012). The comparison of this indicator between years is only tentative since unlike accidents, the data on occupational disease refers to cases discovered several years – often decades – prior to the year in which they were actually verified. In fact, occupational diseases are quite complex, and often related to situations that no longer exist within the Group because they may be associated with working methods and environmental conditions that have long since been eliminated. For this reason, there is no evidence of high incidence or high risk of disease related to employee occupations.

Occupational Illness Frequency rate 

 Fiat Group worldwide (cases of occupational illness per 100,000 hours worked)