Health and Safety
Salini Impregilo recognises the critical importance of occupational health and safety, and ensures the protection and welfare of employees and third parties across all activities at its offices or construction sites.
The Group’s main objectives in this area are minimising or eliminating the risk of accidents through prevention protocols that are applicable to all operating activities, given that all accidents can be prevented if the due procedures are respected.
Effective management of health and safety is ensured at each operating site by dedicated staff involved in risk assessment, planning and implementation of training activities, along with the active involvement of personnel and operational monitoring activities. Worldwide, a total of 3,300 staff are dedicated to the running of health and safety.
Through the adoption of the Safety Management System, certified according to the BS OHSAS 18001 standard, Salini Impregilo has achieved important results over the years, including the cultivation of safety awareness among its employees; a significant reduction in accidents at work; the prevention of occupational diseases; and a steep reduction of insurance costs and fines.
Wherever it operates, Salini Impregilo requires all those working on its sites to comply with its safety standards. All personnel receive an induction course on the Group’s health and safety policies and procedures when they join, with additional training on specific risks in line with their assigned tasks.
The employees of sub-contractors are likewise expected to participate in training and awareness activities.
The Quality, Environment, Health and Safety Department at the Group’s head office carries out regular audits of the safety procedures adopted at Group sites and evaluates the application of Company standards on health and safety.
Each year the Company's senior management reviews the suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness of the management systems, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses, and taking the necessary corrective actions to ensure continuous improvement in performance.
In 2014 we continued to endorse the importance of health and safety by increasing our investment in training and awareness raising. During the period our personnel received approximately 575,000 dedicated hours of training on H&S issues, in addition to 180,000 training hours devoted to sub-contractors’ personnel. In the course of the year over 3,300 people were trained in first aid, as well as 7,700 in fire control and emergencies’ response.
Health and safety were the main subjects of about 4,200 technical meetings, of which more than 1,300 were held with clients, and 1,900 with business partners – a clear sign of the attention the entire organisation pays to the welfare of its workers.
In addition, we continued to focus our attention on monitoring, carrying out over 4,800 control activities and about 250 audits, performed by site departments and external control bodies – including clients, funders, local authorities, and assurance bodies.
In 2014 the Injury Rate (IR)1 was equal to 0.86, and the Lost Day Rate (LDR)2 was equal to 15.12. Both rates saw a decrease compared with 2013 (-21% for IR, and -46% for LDR), confirming the effectiveness of our management systems and giving us confidence to advance further in reducing workplace health and safety risks.
In addition, in 2014 our sites registered an average of 136 consecutive days without any injuries lasting longer than 3 days, and a good number of sites that registered zero injuries for the entire year.
Injury Rate compared with 2013
1. IR represents the number of injuries occurring per 100 employees, and it is calculated as a rate between the total number of injuries with prognosis longer than 3 days occurring in the period (fatalities included) and the total hours worked, multiplied by 200,000. Reported IR is related to the total workforce (direct and subcontractors’ employees).
2. LDR represents the number of working days lost per 100 employees, and it is calculated as a rate between the total number of lost days (related to injuries with prognosis longer than 3 days) and total hours worked, then multiplied by 200,000. Reported LDR is related to the total workforce (direct and subcontractors’ employees).