Uncompromised work safety yielded results
Empower is committed to the continuous improvement of its safety culture, the systematic prevention of accidents and the promotion of occupational health. Our goal is to be the best company in our industry when it comes to work safety and to ensure that both employees and subcontractors get home safely at the end of the working day. Safety management is based on national legislation and safety leadership. Our occupational health and safety management system is OHSAS 18001 certified.
Our key focus areas are continuous safety culture development and the long-term goal of zero accidents that is supported by our membership in the Zero Accident Forum. In 2017, the Group’s LWIF in accidents that lead to absences exceeding one day was 4.8 per million hours. This was clearly lower than our goal of 6.0.
– The downward trend shows that our safety culture is developing. Each Empower employee is responsible for their own safety and that of their colleagues, says Vesa Rapo, Head of HSE at Empower.
– One factor that has an impact on LWIF is the alternative work duties model used at Empower. Provided that their condition allows, the employee can carry out lighter or alternative work duties if they cannot carry out all or some of their normal work duties due to an accident or illness. Alternative work is also rehabilitation as it may promote the employee’s ability to continue working and lowers the threshold for returning to their own duties and, as a result, prevent disability,” notes Vesa Rapo.
We emphasise proactive safety management. Proactive measures include, for instance, the teams’ joint HSE briefings and HSE observations made with regard to events that could result in an accident, health issues or negative environmental impact. In 2017, the number of HSE observations was 4.8 per employee, totalling 6,427 observations. We did not reach our target of 6.0 but the number of observations per employee remained on the same excellent level as in the previous year. During the year, we paid particular attention to reacting to HSE observations, taking corrective actions within 30 days and giving feedback on observations.