We have no higher priority than safety. Ensuring safe and healthy conditions for employees, contractors and visitors at all our locations is essential to our operation as a successful business.

Overview of the year

Whilst our safety performance at most of our locations improved in 2010 and our safety performance continues to compare favourably against the industry, the Group’s overall safety performance deteriorated in 2010. We were deeply saddened by the death of one employee at our joint-venture plant in Adana, Turkey (as mentioned in the annual report 2010). Three other employees also suffered serious injuries. Whilst all three have now returned to their old positions, these incidents contributed to the overall deterioration in safety performance. This is not acceptable, and we are taking action to enhance our safety culture throughout Tate & Lyle.