We improve occupational safety through cooperation
We are committed to The Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries CFCI's zero-accident target, which we are systematically pursuing by making on-site weekly meetings an established practice and by standardising protective equipment, among other measures. In addition to the site accident frequency rate at our own sites, we monitor the development of our subcontractors’ accident frequency rate.
In 2014, our site accident frequency rate was 6.9 (10.5). The figure does not include accidents during commuting or occupational diseases. In 2014, we started the consistent monitoring and reporting of our subcontractors’ site accident frequency rate in all of our operating countries. When subcontractors are included, our site accident frequency rate was 4.81.
Although our site accident frequency rate decreased, we cannot be satisfied with it. There were fewer minor accidents at our construction sites in 2014, but the number of serious accidents increased. In addition, unfortunately, a fatal accident involving one of our employees occurred in Russia.
We conduct weekly safety inspections at our sites, and safety issues are discussed at weekly meetings. The Group’s Executive Team and business segment management teams regularly monitor the development of the site accident frequency rate. Furthermore, we share information about serious accidents within all businesses and countries. The Board of Directors also monitors the development of occupational safety.
Weekly meetings are an important channel for sharing information
On-site weekly meetings are an important channel for sharing information about current occupational safety issues. Weekly meetings are mandatory and attended by our subcontractors and their employees, too. The meetings enable us to distribute information, for example, about changes in working methods to all of our operating countries. The meetings also provide us with development proposals from construction sites for future weekly meeting topics.
Weekly meetings have become an established practice in all of our operating countries, and we have received positive feedback from our construction sites. The number of meetings held increased in 2014.
In all of our operating countries, we conduct occupational safety audits during which we review the site-specific risks and agree on measures to improve safety. The site managers, together with the occupational safety managers, are responsible for the safety audits. In connection with site visits, we can, for example, introduce new protective equipment and ensure compliance with existing guidelines.
We also plan occupational safety improvements by collecting occupational safety observations from our construction sites and by monitoring the number of observations regularly. In 2014, the number of safety observations in the entire Group decreased – a development with which we cannot be satisfied. In the future, the Group’s development initiatives will also pay attention to safety observations.
Standardisation of protective equipment will continue
Personal protective equipment is mandatory at all of our construction sites. The rules also apply to our subcontractors and their employees. In 2014, we started standardising our protective equipment practices in all of our operating countries. Our goal is that Lemminkäinen employees in all of our operating countries use the same protective equipment and always in compliance with the requirements of local legislation. We will continue the standardisation of protective equipment in 2015.
We train our personnel in occupational safety issues. The aim of training is to reduce the risk of accidents at construction sites and to ensure that protective equipment is used appropriately.
Industry-wide occupational safety week
In 2014, we held an occupational safety week together with other member companies of The Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries CFCI in all of our operating countries. The activities organised during the week included seminars, management’s visits to own construction sites as well as to those of other companies in the industry, and Scaffolding Thursday, a theme day focusing on the safety of scaffolding.
During the occupational safety week, all Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries CFCI member companies, their subcontractors and stakeholder personnel as well as authorities participated in measures promoting occupational safety.
We are committed to the Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries CFCI’s target of zero accidents. We are pursuing the target by continuing the practice of holding on-site weekly meetings, by reacting to any defects reported in occupational safety observations, by standardising the use of protective equipment and including an occupational safety initiative as part of the Group’s development initiatives, among other measures. We focus on monitoring and reporting our subcontractors’ site accident frequency rate and investigate how accidents could be prevented.