Our culture of 'People Protecting People' ensures our living centres are safe places for our people and our communities. Since launching ‘People Protecting People’ in 2016, LTIFR1 has stayed low, currently 2.7. Over the same period, the number of employee injuries that resulted in five or more days off work has fallen by 71%.
In 2018, we received several accolades highlighting that we're leading the way on safety.
Our Design and Construction (D&C) team at Westfield Carousel (WA) was awarded the WorkSafe’s Platinum Certificate for their work in making health and safety a priority. The WorkSafe Platinum Certificate is reserved for those that have achieved the highest possible standards. Two of our outstanding employees from the D&C team at Westfield Kotara (NSW) were recognised as ambassadors for Mates In Construction.The Westfield Coomera (QLD) D&C team received the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safe Work and Return to Work Award.
During 2018, Westfield Coomera introduced a five-day construction week, as opposed to the six-day week prevalent in the industry. This change was extremely well received by the whole team, who came back to work refreshed after spending two days with family and friends. We are now looking to introduce this to other projects.
In 2018, our Mental Health and Wellbeing Working Group (pictured below) activated an RUOK? initiative nationally, which resonates and aligns with our ‘People Protecting People’ internal culture. We shared the campaign across our SmartScreen network across our living centres, reaching around six million members of the public. As a result, Scentre Group was established as an RUOK? media partner.
Our efforts in creating a ‘People Protecting People’ safety culture means health, safety and wellbeing is now business-as-usual on all development sites. Our site Safety Managers, along with Senior Executives, have taken the lead to actively showcase the behaviours we want our teams to emulate, devoting enormous focus and energy. We have implemented tailored health, safety and wellbeing plans for each site.
1LTIFR is lost time equal to or greater than five days