Ensuring the safety of our employees, partners and clients is an inherent part of everyday life and management across our group. Caverion’s management and all employees are committed to complying with, maintaining and developing common safety rules. An excellent safety record is a competitive asset and also a sign of quality of Caverion’s operations.
We aim to ensure that all of our employees have the skills necessary for the safe performance of their own work. In some of our units, teams are rewarded for a zero accidents performance. The payment of bonuses, for example, can be tied to the achievement of occupational safety goals.
We take every accident seriously. All accidents happening to our employees and subcontractors are immediately reported and inspected, in order to identify their reasons and learn from them. In cooperation with our clients, we systematically intervene whenever we notice safety-related shortcomings or neglect.
The year 2016 we continued implementing the common guideline, ground rules and measures that we defined and launched at the end of 2015.
The key performance indicators in safety and monthly reporting of safety issues are part of the management’s agenda at all levels.
Focus on proactive safety work
Our goal is to become an accident-free workplace. We focus on preventive safety work: Safety starts with the right attitudes, anticipation of risks and the active reporting of safety observations.
Our active safety work and attention towards safety issues has produced results and good development continued in 2016. In December 2016, the accident frequency rate (LTIFR) was 6.3 (2015: 8.3). During the year, there were no fatal accidents. The sick leave rate (hours of absence/hours worked) remained on same level as in 2015 (4.1 %).
We aim to increase the reporting of safety observations, as the observations are clearly linked to the number of accidents: The higher the number of reported safety observations is, the fewer accidents occur. In 2016, we even had a competition in Eastern Europe to boost preventive safety reporting with good and sustainable results. And overall we have had a very good development in proactive safety measures in 2016.
We aim to increase the share of occupational health and safety-certified operations in our business. In 2016, 92% of our revenue came from OHSAS 18001-certified operations (2015: 71)
We prevent occupational accidents by, among others:
- providing job orientation and general and occupational-specific safety trainings
- conducting regular safety audits and inspections
- encouraging our personnel to reporting any safety observations and assessing risks before starting work.
- developing tools and work ergonomics
- conducting safety rounds and safety meetings at work sites by our supervisors and managers
Cooperating with partners and clients
Occupational safety is important at all of our client sites. However, the risks associated with it are particularly high in properties and industrial plants where work is performed in varying conditions. These include ongoing and interrupted production, fault situations and temporarily bypassed protective measures, and facilities that require special safety plans, such as nuclear power plants and process plants.
A safe working environment is created in cooperation with our clients and partners. We insist upon strict compliance with safety instructions. This applies to our employees, subcontractors and partners alike. In addition, we require all of our employees to use and wear protective equipment and clothing at all of Caverion’s work sites.