Health and

Critical Risk management

A Critical Risk is a potential unwanted event that could result in one or more fatalities, and/or significant environmental harm (where the potential or real impact is a level 5 or 6 consequence on the Downer risk matrix).

The top five Critical Risk activities for FY21 were:

  • Working with mobile plant and equipment
  • Working at height
  • Vehicles and driving
  • Working with electricity
  • Working with stored hazardous energy.

In FY21 we integrated reporting of High Potential Incidents across our Downer and Spotless businesses, and we achieved no actions arising from High Potential Incidents overdue by greater than 30 days.

The table below includes both frequency rates per million hours worked and numbers of incidents, in brackets, to enable comparison with previous years.

Rates of High Potential Incidents for both Working at height and Working with electricity have increased, reflecting the

changes to our Critical Risk profile following the inclusion of Spotless performance results.

Working at height has been a particular focus of improvement activity in FY21.

In FY21, Downer continued to implement our Critical Risk management approach, and embed the program within our business. The focus continued to be on progressing our Critical Risk optimisation program.

We did this by aligning each Business Unit’s management processes with The Downer Standard and improving the quality and consistency of Critical Control verification activities and analysis. This initial consolidation and alignment of existing controls, processes and systems provides the basis of our optimisation program.

Critical Risk activity
Change FY19-FY21
Working with mobile plant and equipment
0.48 (35)
0.73 (54)
0.47 (54)
Working at height
0.25 (18)
0.33 (24)
0.40 (46)
Vehicles and driving
0.30 (22)
0.37 (27)
0.27 (31)
Working with electricity
0.19 (14)
0.05 (4)
0.21 (24)
Working with stored hazardous energy
0.10 (7)
0.04 (3)
0.07 (8)