Construction work inevitably brings risks. Implenia’s golden rules are: look, recognise hazards, take measures, prevent accidents. Health and safety are always the highest priority. Thanks to intensive training and communication, as well as regular safety inspections on Implenia construction sites, the number of accidents went down again in 2018. The active involvement of managers has helped to strengthen the firm’s safety culture. In order to keep moving in this positive direction, we must never forget: safety comes first.
Employee health and safety is the priority.
Number of accidents per 1,000 employees (FTE)1
Number of employees absent > 30 days2
Percentage of absences due to occupational accidents2
Adjusted, incl. Implenia Buildings Germany
Implenia’s aim is to prevent situations that jeopardise the health and safety of employees or third parties. Because accidents are preventable, Implenia’s Code of Conduct clearly states that safety regulations must be strictly observed. This is the only way to create a safe working environment. Heads of operational units get weekly reports that include the latest accident figures for their area of responsibility, plus projections relating to the achievement of year-end goals. They can then respond quickly at any point to counter any negative trends.
Implenia continued to carry out various programmes and campaigns in 2018, all with the aim of permanently embedding safety awareness and a safety culture within the Group. The core of all this is the internal health and safety processes that form an essential part of the Implenia Management System. The established regular health and safety meetings and workshops were continued. Safety induction training for office staff in Switzerland was improved by a focus on environmental issues and behavioural aspects of health and safety at work, as well as the addition of an introductory course on identifying the cause of incidents. Safety at work is also a central element of the induction week for new apprentices.
Preventive health measures in the workplace Occupational Health Management staff in Switzerland advise on cardiovascular diseases, symptoms and preventive measures. The trained health professionals carry out quick, anonymised blood tests, and measure body mass index, blood pressure and blood sugar. If levels are too high, they recommend a visit to the doctor. The campaign is being run in partnership with the Swiss Heart Foundation.
International cooperation within Implenia was further expanded during the year under review. The regular exchange of experiences within the group-wide health and safety organisation – by means of e.g. a weekly report on accident figures and exchanging examples of best practice – helps identify new areas of opportunity and potential for improvements. Another international conference involving all Business Units, and with a strong focus on health and safety, was held in 2018. Active contact between employees from different disciplines and countries strengthens the network and highlights different ways of tackling problems. Learning from each other is the key.
The internal “Safety counts!” programme is just one of the ways in which awareness of health and safety as a management responsibility has been significantly increased. Leadership workshops, combined with self-assessment, intensify the safety culture and lead to further preventive measures. The self-assessments help with the evaluation of existing situations and lead to the implementation of action to improve these situations.
Implenia is aiming to be even more consistent in its accident prevention measures. Internal safety officers play a central role in embedding the Group’s safety culture within each Business Unit. They spend most of their working hours on construction sites, helping line managers implement, check and raise awareness of safety processes. One of their most important jobs is to compile and evaluate a central record of accidents. This enables Implenia to identify where health and safety efforts need to be optimised, and to initiate appropriate prevention measures. The following accident prevention objectives have been defined:
At the internal “15-Minute Safety” training session that takes place on all project sites every month, risks are discussed and the causes of incidents are analysed. This promotes awareness of how accidents can be prevented. Implenia uses transparency and openness to create a positive culture in which the right conclusions are reached from mistakes, and accidents are prevented.
The health and safety initiatives and immediate actions taken, such as the increased presence of safety officers and managers on construction sites, helped reduce accident figures still further in 2018. The overall number of accidents per 1,000 full-time employees across the group went down from 67 to 60. The positive trend makes us all the more determined to continue our work on health and safety.
Safety first The third “Implenia Infrastructure Health & Safety Day” took place in September 2018. Around 1,200 employees from the DACH region and France participated, enhancing their knowledge through construction site safety tours, health campaign sessions and first aid training.
Non-occupational accidents have risen slightly on the previous year (+7.7%). Most of these accidents happened when playing ball sports, on the roads or as a result of slips and trips in the home or garden. The split between absences due to accidents at work and those due to non-work-related accidents has not changed significantly since 2017. Almost 65% of absences were the result of illness, with another 17.7% down to accidents at work and 17.4% caused by non-work-related accidents. During the year under review, there were a total of 469 cases in which employees were absent for more than 30 days due to illness or accident.
The internal Occupational Health Management (OHM) team supports injured or ill employees during their recovery and reintegration into work. The reintegration programme gradually helps the employees concerned return to autonomous activity, if necessary with the help of external experts. The aim is to get them back to work in a job that suits their situation. In 2018, the OHM team looked after 174 people on this difficult path.
In 2015, Implenia launched its annual Health & Safety Award to celebrate outstanding achievements in the field of health and safety at work. The award aims to strengthen people’s motivation and interest in the subject and increase their sense of responsibility. Winners are chosen from a shortlist in a vote by all Implenia employees.