Health and safety at work is a central leadership issue at Implenia, but also an obligation for each and every individual. Clear rules, a personal sense of responsibility and continuous process improvement lie at the heart of our efforts to minimise risks and promote a positive safety culture.
When it comes to health and safety at work, we take a rigorous approach to prevention and use targeted measures to raise every employee’s risk-awareness. Guided by the principle that “safety at work is a leadership issue”, everyone at Implenia – from Executive Committee to foreman to each individual employee – is called upon to keep on making things safer. Safety is a matter of ingrained habit that has to be applied every day anew.
In recent years we have launched numerous initiatives and created various structures to minimise risks on our construction sites. Almost 100% of the Group’s roughly 300 units now have ISO 45001 certification: Implenia has a well developed internal Health & Safety organisation with clearly defined responsibilities, regulations and processes. If any accidents do happen, they are systematically recorded and evaluated, with corrective measures taken wherever necessary. These measures are based on an obligatory discussion between the people involved and their line managers to clarify the causes of an accident.
Clear safety rules
Prevention depends on rules – and on compliance with these rules. Our Code of Conduct obliges all employees to comply with all safety regulations without exception. But people can only follow rules if they know and understand them. This is why we make sure that Implenia’s rules are transparent and straightforward, and why we take steps to actively encourage acceptance of the rules, rather than relying solely on control measures.
The most important thing of all is to say “stop” if a situation appears to be unsafe for you or for others. Our employees are encouraged to pause their work in these circumstances. It is their right, but also their duty. Our employees can also take first aid courses so that they are able to help in an emergency.
Another component of our prevention programme is the monthly “15 Minute Safety” training session, which is held across the Group and which has proved effective on the ground. The sessions are used to deepen engagement with safety themes on construction sites and encourage communication between workers. We are also working to establish a positive error culture that allows people to speak openly about mistakes, so they can be avoided in future.
Health management and prevention
The job of our internal occupational health team (OHM) is to support injured and ill employees during their recovery and help integrate them back into work when they are better. The team also looks for suitable posts, possibly adapted ones, for returning workers. External social partners are called on for support where necessary.
We at Implenia know that prevention is better than cure, which is why we provide preventive measures and training courses at local level. If our employees have mental health issues, they can access an external advisory service, ICAS, at any time.
Health & Safety Award
Implenia has presented a Health & Safety Award every year since 2015. As well as highlighting the great importance of health and safety at work, it motivates employees to be even more aware of their responsibilities. All Implenia employees are asked to vote for one of the construction sites, teams or individuals on a short-list of nominees. The award is also an effective way for us to share good health and safety practice with the whole Implenia Group.
The five nominees for the 2021 Health & Safety Awards are presented in this video:
Internal voting took place in spring 2021. First place, along with the “Golden Helmet” award, went to the Düdingen Plus project in Switzerland. CEO André Wyss went to the construction site in person to present the award to the winning team.