We strive to be a safe workplace for our employees and for the contractors and service providers who work for us. We believe that all work injuries are preventable when competence and the right attitude prevails, when potential risks are addressed and when measures are taken to safeguard against them. Good operational safety is an absolute prerequisite for safe and efficient operations in terms of the employees and the environment.
We have set Group-level targets for the following key indicators:
- Injury frequency (TRIF* and LWIF**) for own employees and (LWIF) for contractors
- Number of serious*** accidents, as of 1 January 2017 number of severe**** accidents
- Major environmental, health and safety (EHS) incidents
- Quality of occupational accidents, major EHS incidents and near misses investigation process
Safety of own employees at a good level
Fortum’s safety performance in 2016 was impacted by the completion of the Russian investment programme with good safety performance and the integration of Ekokem Corporation (as of 1 September 2016) and Grupa DUON S.A.(as of 1 April 2016).In particular, Ekokem Corporation’s higher LWIF levels compared to Fortum’s impacted the overall statistics.
Our good safety performance with our own employees continued. The lost workday injury frequency (LWIF) per million working hours was 1.0 (2015: 1.1).The total recordable injury frequency (TRIF), however, worsened to 1.9 (2015: 1.6).
The lost workday injury frequency (LWIF) for contractors is going to be our main challenge in 2017.The lost workday injury frequency (LWIF) per million working hours for contractors in 2016 was 3.0 (2015: 2.7).
We track major environmental, health and safety (EHS) incidents as a Group target, which covers fires, leaks >100 litres into the environment, explosions, nuclear and dam safety incidents, and environmental non-compliances. There were 22 (2015: 18) EHS incidents in 2016; the target was ≤23.The incidents did not cause significant harm to operations, people or the environment. The majority (8) of the incidents were wastewater permit violations in Russia.
We will continue our efforts to improve safety
Fortum has Group-level EHS instructions and minimum requirements that set requirements for all the operations for which we have operative responsibility.
Our goal is to continuously improve the safety of our operations. Further information on our safety work and achievements can be read in our Sustainability report.
* TRIF: Total recordable injury frequency, injuries per million working hours
** LWIF: Lost workday injury frequency, injuries per million working hours, absence of one or more working days or shift excluding the day the accident happened
*** Serious accident: fatality or an accident leading to permanent disability or a sick-leave of more than 30 days
**** Severe accident: fatality or an accident leading to permanent disability or accident that could have caused serious consequences