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Safety performance

In Skanska safety performance is measured by a combination of lagging and leading indicators with increasing emphasis on monitoring preventative actions and behaviours. Skanska places increasing importance on adopting, measuring and reporting the performance of a range of Safety Leading Indicators.

Measuring and monitoring safety performance is an important part of any organizations continuous improvement cycle. Timely accurate data is essential and the monthly Safety Statistics Reporting supported by a global reporting database.

Lagging Indicators

The principle lagging indicator is the one day lost time accident per million hours worked.

(Data collected before 2007 is retrospective and may not be as reliable as post 2007 data).

Lost Time Accident Rate

(Number of lost time accidents times 1,000,000 hours) divided by (total labor hours).

The lost time accident rate has decreased by 50% in the period 2005 to 2010 for Skanska employees.

Leading Indicators

There is increasing emphasis on the use of leading indicators in all Skanska business units to monitor preventative actions or behaviours Skanska has adopted one global safety indicator, Executive Site Safety Visits with each Skanska Business Unit nominating at least two further Local Leading Indicators against which they measure and report monthly.

Global Leading Indicator

Executive Site Safety Visits (ESSVs)

As part of our focus on introducing and monitoring leading indicators, Executive Site Visits (ESSV) were first introduced in 2008. A total of 4,751 ESSVs were completed in 2010, compared to a target of 3,013.

Local Leading Indicators

Many businesses will have additional leading safety indicators to drive local safety performance. Typical local leading indicators used by Skanska business units are:

  • Number of sites that do weekly Stretch´n´Flex-training divided by total number of sites
  • Number of Health & Safety planning meetings
  • BUP and Senior Managers to participate in 1 days safety training All project managers and EHS-representatives shall participate in 3 day Health and Safety training per year Metric
  • A yearly Safety review shall be performed in every ongoing projects

Global Safety Stand Downs

It is important to Skanska that we take all opportunities to learn from our experiences, even bad ones. We also believe that those that work us deserve respect. So when we suffer a tragic accident we use the opportunity to pay respects to the deceased, their family and friends and to learn lessons from the incident to prevent recurrence.

A Global Safety Stand Down (GSSD) is held at every workplace across Skanska and includes our contractors and clients, where the accident is discussed and lessons can be learned and respect paid with a minutes silence.