The health and safety of our employees lies at the heart of our day-to-day work.

77(88)

Number of accidents per 1,000 full-time positions

548(539)

Number of employees absent >30 days (Switzerland)

4.4%(4.4%)

Absence rate

20%(21%)

Percentage of absences due to
occupational accidents

Emergency
Practice makes perfect: Implenia conducts regular exercises and training courses on health and safety on construction sites.

 

 

Health & Safety

Further steps toward a safe working environment 

  • Accident numbers have been reduced once more
  • International knowledge sharing brings further improvements
  • Not yet where we want to be

Recognise risks, prevent accidents – that’s the mantra at Implenia. Construction work inevitably brings risks, which is why Implenia makes health and safety its highest priority. Intensive training, communication and regular on-site safety inspections help to reduce the number of accidents. Implenia’s message is unequivocal: safety comes first.

The health and safety of our employees lies at the heart of our day-to-day work.

77(88)

Number of accidents per 1,000 full-time positions

548(539)

Number of employees absent >30 days (Switzerland)

4.4%(4.4%)

Absence rate

20%(21%)

Percentage of absences due to
occupational accidents

 

Accidents on construction sites are preventable, and that is precisely Implenia’s goal: the Group wants to reduce accident figures still further and has defined clear targets for doing so. Compliance with safety regulations is embedded in Implenia’s “Code of Conduct”. Since 2014, health and safety has been a fixed item on the agenda of every meeting of the Group Executive Board, which receives the latest accident figures every week – another indication of how high Implenia puts employee health and safety on its list of priorities.

Clear processes increase safety

Implenia regularly carries out a wide variety of programmes and campaigns in all the countries it works in to increase awareness and inculcate a safety culture. Implenia’s health and safety processes, an essential part of Implenia Management System 2.0, lie at the heart of all this.

The Group’s first international, cross-business unit Health, Safety & Environment-Sustainability (HSE-SUS) conference took place during the year under review. This was in addition to the regular HSE workshops that are held centrally and in the individual business units, and the monthly meetings of the Swiss business units’ central Health & Safety Steering Committee. A regular exchange of information within the Group-wide Health & Safety organisation helps identify new areas of activity and potential for improvements. One of the main aims of these measures is to reduce accident figures across the whole Group to the low level achieved by Implenia’s Scandinavian units.

Implenia has defined clear objectives for 2017: accident figures and downtimes should be cut by 10%. In order to achieve this goal, the Group will evaluate the accidents that do occur more fully. In future, a thorough analysis will be carried out each time an Implenia employee has an accident, and there will be a documented meeting with the relevant line manager. In addition, managers will undertake regular on-site safety inspections.

Accidents by type 2016

H&S team strengthened

The introduction of twin heads in 2015 has given Implenia a strong management team that ensures and promotes knowledge sharing across all businesses and countries. In 2016 Implenia laid the foundations for uniform HSE reporting and the merging of data from different systems.

HSE standards were improved on the basis of existing processes, and a behavioural occupational safety programme was introduced (more on “Safety counts!” see below).

Safety Officers (SOs) play a key role in ensuring that a safety culture is embedded in the Business Units. SOs spend most of their working hours on construction sites, helping line managers implement safety processes. Central recording and evaluation of accidents is also very important, because this enables Implenia to identify where health and safety work needs to be optimised, and to initiate appropriate prevention measures. In 2016, SOs were given specific training in hazardous goods and environmental issues. They then passed on the knowledge they had acquired to workers on every site as part of the “15 Minute Safety” training session. Further workshops on specialist subjects are planned for SOs in 2017.

Safety is a management issue

Safety is a management responsibility, which is precisely where the internal “Safety counts!” programme comes in. Implenia started this programme in 2016 and runs it in all of the Business Units. Its aim is to improve the safety culture in the Group through a targeted, topdown approach. “Safety counts!” is a behavioural programme that focuses on managers’ function as role models, as well as on communication and a transparent, positive culture of dealing with mistakes. Objectives and actions are defined jointly, thus contributing to a conscious and positive safety culture.

“Scratch Card”, a programme aimed at incentivising compliance with health and safety rules, was introduced to provide further support at employee level. This scheme rewards construction site workers for setting an example and for working in accordance with safety guidelines.

Within the monthly “15 Minutes Safety” training sessions held in 2016, training in “Suva’s life-saving rules” was intensified and implemented consistently at all Swiss construction sites. The issue of criminal liability was also addressed. The first courses took place in 2016, and more will follow in 2017. New protective equipment that meets the new EN 20-471 standard was also introduced throughout the Group during the year under review. SOs are required to pay more attention to the use of the proper protective equipment on construction sites. Protective equipment remains an important topic in various training courses.

Emergency planning and first aid training

If, despite all the precautions, an emergency still occurs, a fast response is essential. Implenia has laid down the procedure for emergencies in great detail – from initial notification through to the formation of a local task force. Emergency planning was further optimised in 2016. Legal issues and the upward trend in liability cases means that on-the-spot action needs to be taken even more quickly and decisively. Emergency plans are available to all employees and are the subject of regular training.

To ensure that first aid can be provided to accident victims quickly, Implenia brought in the Swiss Institute of Emergency Medicine to carry out first aid (BLS-AED-SRC) and rescuer training courses for employees during the year under review. Employees were also familiarised with emergency medical measures as part of the “safety parcours” training held directly on site.

Clear guidelines for subcontractors

Implenia’s health and safety principles and standards also apply to subcontractors and suppliers. Since 2016, every works contract has included the “HSE specification for subcontractors”, which details the relevant requirements. These include the obligation for each subcontractor to carry out a risk analysis before starting work. Subcontractors must designate a person who is responsible for health and safety and who is available on site at all times. Subcontractors’ employees, temporary staff and suppliers must also complete training in the content of Implenia’s “Code of Conduct”. In this way, Implenia ensures that its health and safety rules are obeyed at all sites.

Accident figures fall

It is pleasing to report that the numerous health and safety initiatives and emergency measures had a demonstrable effect in 2016. The overall number of accidents per 1,000 full-time employees across the Group went down 10%, from 86 to 77.

This positive trend makes us all the more determined to continue our work on health and safety. The goal is to reduce accident figures still further and ensure that operational health management is systematically embedded.

Non-occupational accidents remained stable, rising just 1% on the previous year. Most of these accidents occurred when playing ball sports, on the roads or as a result of slips and trips in the home and garden. The split between absences due to accidents at work and those due to non-work-related accidents was virtually the same as in 2015. Roughly 64% of total absences were the result of illness, with another 20% down to accidents at work and 16% caused by non-work-related accidents.

The in-house Occupational Health Management team is in charge of supporting employees who have suffered accidents or illness, and helping them reintegrate into the work environment. The team handled around 548 cases in 2016. Of these, 122 employees are under examination or in therapy, while the remaining 426 have been able to return to work.

The Implenia Health & Safety Award

2014: Life saving

With its annual Health & Safety Award, Implenia celebrates outstanding achievements in the field of health and safety at work by a construction site, team or individual. The award aims to strengthen people’s motivation and interest in the subject and increase their sense of responsibility. Winners are chosen by all Implenia employees from a shortlist. Implenia gave the award for the first time at its 2015 management conference. The winner of the 2014 Health & Safety Award was Antonio Barbagallo, a foreman at the “La Petite Prairie” construction site in Nyon. Noticing that a colleague was showing signs of suffering a heart attack, he provided immediate first aid and saved his life.

2015: Warming up for the day

The winner of the 2015 Health & Safety Award was Beat Klaus. A foreman at the Killwangen construction site, he was given the Golden Helmet award for his “Energy and mobility exercises” project. Thanks to the warm-up exercises he introduced at the start of the working day, accident and downtime figures were cut significantly. The communal exercises also strengthened team spirit.

Prizewinning: Bjarne Brendstuen, Jorge Monteiro and Hans-Juergen Bognar at this year’s award (l. to r.).

2016: Training that saves lives

The 2016 Health & Safety Award went to the construction site team led by Jorge Monteiro in Geneva. Quick action by workers at Implenia’s “TPG” construction site saved a colleague’s life in 2016. Their exemplary conduct can be attributed in part to Implenia’s regular first aid training, which teaches employees basic techniques for providing emergency assistance. The Special Award went to Bjarne Brendstuen. His commitment has helped reduce accident figures in Norway by approximately 45 percent.

 

 

 

 

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Practice makes perfect: Implenia conducts regular exercises and training courses on health and safety on construction sites.