VINCI Construction’s absolute priority is Zero Accidents. Our safety policy is designed to involve all our employees and managers in our effort to develop a common health and safety culture and promote best practices.
For several years, VINCI Construction has been working hard to achieve our goal of becoming the safety benchmark in the construction industry. We have reduced our lost time accident frequency rate by more than half over the past five years, placing us among the safest companies in our sector. To achieve our Zero Accidents goal, VINCI Construction is focusing on two major programmes: manager involvement and dissemination of a common culture.
ENLISTING MANAGEMENT IN THE HANDS-ON EFFORT TO ACHIEVE OUR ZERO ACCIDENTS TARGET
Safety is a constant concern and is a focus of every decision taken throughout the company around the world, however complex the project. Managers have a key role in this endeavour. They must set an example in identifying dangerous situations, monitoring compliance with the applicable rules, disseminating best practices and exercising vigilance at all times. The Managing Safety training course, for which a new module will soon be issued, has enabled them to take this common approach on board.
ANTICIPATING THE RISK OF ACCIDENTS
VINCI Construction leaves nothing to chance when it comes to safety on our worksites and the safety of the teams working there. The Orchestra worksite reparation and organisation system spells out every phase of the work in detail to deliver a high-quality project on time and in compliance with the commitments made at the start. At the PreStart Meeting held to review worksite preparation, methods and associated risks, worksite supervisors go over all worksite parameters with their teams, placing particular emphasis on safety, before the start of work on each task. Similarly, whenever an incident or accident occurs, there is a debriefing to analyse the causes, provide feedback and ensure continuous improvement.
INSTILLING AND DISSEMINATING A COMMON SAFETY CULTURE
VINCI Construction fosters this safety culture by disseminating and spelling out our four commitments and 12 principles and by holding our International Safety Week, a collective event that includes lectures, training, workshops and role-playing simulations designed to strengthen risk awareness on the part of all those working on our sites – our own employees and our temporary workers, subcontractors and partners.
INNOVATING FOR SAFETY
Innovation is another way to improve safety. In France, VINCI Construction
France formed an unprecedented exclusive partnership with tool manufacturer Leborgne to improve safety by giving employees tools designed to make their work less arduous and reduce the incidence
of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). This programme helps improve the health and safety culture and highlights the advantages of a practical, proactive approach. But in special cases, when the equipment provided by manufacturers does not fully meet the specific needs of our worksite teams, the latter may take the initiative of creating their own tools. Once developed and standardised, these innovations can be distributed throughout the Group. Some of them have won Safety prizes in the VINCI Innovation Awards Competition (and VINCI Construction employees have entered 250 safety projects in the 2017 edition).
IDENTIFYING AND LEVERAGING LOCAL BEST PRACTICES
VINCI Construction entities take a dynamic, resourceful approach to safety. Soletanche Freyssinet initiated awareness campaigns tailored to each local context. In Mexico, Colombia and Singapore, for example, the focus was on traffic hazards; and in Latin America and Asia, the emphasis was on emergency situations and preventing falls from height, via centres dedicated to working at height. Meanwhile, the major projects division introduced its Safety in Design programme in 2014, which consists in optimising the safety of structures in both the design and worksite preparation phases.