Work in the construction industry entails tasks that cause a lot of physical strain. With correct working positions, we can reduce the risk of accidents.

We develop occupational well-being

We believe that healthy employees accomplishes the best results and are satisfied with their work. In 2013, we concentrated on developing the early support model and improving ergonomics.

The majority of our personnel work in physically demanding conditions at construction sites. This leaves them susceptible to occupational diseases and injuries and increases the risks of disability and early retirement. Therefore, we develop our occupational healthcare and occupational well-being services. Our occupational healthcare is arranged in accordance with the local operating model in each of our operating countries.

Good results in improving occupational health and well-being through the early support model

In particular, we focus on preventive measures and the early identification of potential risks to working capacity. We believe that healthy and contented employees accomplish the best results and are satisfied with their work.

In Finland, we use the early support model for working capacity, which helps us to improve occupational well-being and lengthen the careers of our personnel. In addition, we identify persons with reduced working capacity in conjunction with the annual people planning process and through a regular health survey. We want to find the tasks that are suitable for everyone's own working capacity.

The adoption of the early support model has proceeded well. For example, sickness absences have decreased steadily for a couple of years in a row. In 2013, the sickness absence percentage in Finland was 3.32 per cent (3.60). The number of occupational healthcare consultations is still rising. During a consultation, the employee and his/her supervisor, together with the occupational healthcare service, discuss solutions to support working capacity. We offer our employees the opportunity to retrain or help them to reorganise their current duties with the help of coaching. The number of job trials and retraining arrangements in Finland in 2013 was approximately 30 (20). In 2013, the number of Lemminkäinen employees retiring on disability pension in Finland was 34 (36).

We reduce the risk of injuries with correct working positions

Construction industry work entails tasks that cause a lot of physical strain. Muscles and joints may become overburdened. A common injury is pulling one’s back muscles due to sudden or incorrect movement. With the correct working positions, we can reduce the risk of injuries.

In the spring 2013, we published a video that advises employees on ergonomics. The video introduces correct lifting techniques and safe working positions for various tasks in the construction industry. In addition, it provides tips for muscle care at the work site. The video is used at on-site weekly meetings and in induction training in Finland. In 2014, we will also publish other language versions of the video.