Health and safety

The safety and wellbeing of our employees and those in our care is one of our key priorities. Our goal is zero harm.
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The safety of our employees and those in our care is our first priority. Our goal is zero harm. This focus enables us to secure our customers’ worlds and the communities we serve. It is our responsibility to ensure that our colleagues return home from work safely every day and we believe that setting the highest standards for health and safety across our industry builds loyalty and commitment to G4S among our employees.

Having put the necessary processes in place over recent years, we have now seen a very significant reduction in the number of serious incidents. Compliance is monitored through audits and reviews of risk and performance at regional, group and board level, via the CSR committee.

During 2018, 24 of our colleagues sadly lost their lives in work related accidents, including five colleagues who died in a terror attack in Afghanistan. This loss is not acceptable and our thoughts are with their families. This is nevertheless a reduction from 25 fatalities in 2017 and solidifies the step change we saw that year when the number of fatalities halved compared with our longer-term experience. We continue to make progress in road safety and road traffic fatalities have decreased by 67% since 2013 when we first launched the improvement programme.

Mitigating the levels of violence associated with attacks on our Cash Solutions business remains a significant priority. Initiatives taken by G4S and other operators in South Africa, working with law
enforcement agencies, began to have a positive impact in the second half of 2018 and this remains a priority for 2019. We continue to reduce our injury rate. During 2018 the Group Lost Time Injury incidence rate was 6.6 per 1,000 employees, compared with a rate of 6.7 in 2017. The change is due to improvements in the Care & Justice Services business, partially offset by the
number of injuries sustained during attacks in Global Cash Solutions.

There were nine non-natural deaths in G4S custody in 2018. All deaths in custody are investigated by the relevant authorities to determine the cause of death. Five of these deaths in 2018 were due to self harm, three were related to substance abuse and one was a homicide. The relevant coroner pronounced that a death that occurred in 2017 and was previously disclosed as non-natural, was actually due to natural causes.


focus on safety

G4S Regulated Security Solutions (USA), a leading provider of security services to the nuclear power industry in North America, has initiated a comprehensive safety programme.
Smiling South american G4S Security Guard

Firearms safety

As part of the CSR Committee’s focus on health and safety during 2017, the committee oversaw an initiative to refresh health and safety induction training for front-line employees and the re-issue of a simplified firearms policy across the Group.

Improving driver safety

We recently introduced new high-visibility clothing for our motorcyclists in Thailand, and brightly coloured seat belts in Hong Kong which enabled a visual check.

Safety first

The number of road-traffic fatalities

has decreased by 67% since 2013 when

the first road safety programme was


Road Safety


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