Health and safety
At Skanska, we aim to eradicate accidents and injury on our construction sites. We believe our target of zero accidents is an achievable aspiration. However, it is a huge challenge in an industry that often involves dangerous machinery, heavy loads and working at height.
It is our responsibility to ensure that every person who works for Skanska returns home safely at the end of the working day. Fostering a culture of care and concern for others, as well as openness and transparency, is the mission of our IFE programme. All employees receive training as part of this programme, which is also extended to sub contractors and partner organisations with more than 600 senior managers from suppliers trained last year.
This behavioural change programme is complemented by the most rigorous application of best practice health and safety processes and procedures, adhering to BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety standards as a minimum.
While ensuring the safety of our employees and those sub contractors working on our sites is our paramount concern, we also share useful developments and learning with the wider industry. Our move to launch double-locking attachments on all excavators led to an industry-wide ban on semi-automatic attachments on quick-hitch plant, for example. In addition, the anti-crushing device developed by Skanska, working with industry bodies, has now been introduced to all mobile elevated site work platforms on our sites and is being adopted further afield.
In 2012, Skanska received safety awards for many of its projects, including Heron Tower, London Power Tunnels, the Olympics, Paddington Station and North London Gas Alliance.
Barts and the Royal London
The construction and maintenance of two of the country’s most sophisticated hospitals – St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London hospitals in the capital – has achieved a lost time accident rate and accident incident rate of zero in the period since 2006.
In 2012, working adjacent to live traffic at one of the busiest motorway junctions in the country, Skanska successfully demolished and replaced Catthorpe Viaduct straddling the M1 at the M6 link – all with a lost time accident rate of zero.
Surrey Street Lighting
Close to completion, Skanska’s refurbishment of 70,000 street lights and 18,000 light poles in Surrey with the latest energy efficient technology has been achieved with almost one million man hours with no accidents.
Skanska representatives on industry groups and panels
Director of Health and Safety
• Construction Client Group – Health and safety task group (Only construction group to sit on this group)
• Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents
• Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
• UK Construction Group UKCG)
Health and Safety Training Manager
• UK Health and Safety Group (part of UKCG)