Operational and occupational safety

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 plant 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
  • Major environmental, health and safety (EHS) incidents

The safety targets apply to all Fortum employees and are part of the short-term incentive plan.

Safety of own employees at a good level in 2015

The safety of our own employees has stabilised at a good level and the lost workday injury frequency (LWIF) per million work hours was 1.1 (2014: 1.0). We achieved our best-ever record in total recordable injury frequency (TRIF) for own employees: 1.6 (2014: 2.0).
We also succeeded in improving contractor safety compared to the previous year. The injury frequency (LWIF) for contractors was 2.7 (2014: 3.2). In 2015 there were no accidents leading to a fatality in Fortum’s operations.
Unfortunately, there were still too many serious accidents to our own and our contractors’ employees, and we didn’t achieve our target of reducing the number of serious accidents by half, i.e. to fewer than eight accidents. A total of 16 (2014: 16) serious accidents occurred. Falls and injuries in connection with using tools and operating machinery were the main causes of the serious accidents. We have investigated all the injuries and launched measures to prevent similar injuries.

Key safety figures in 2013-2015 (GRI G4-LA6)


Occupational accidents, accident frequencies and absence days due to occupational accidents in 2015 by region and gender (GRI G4-LA6)


In reporting incidents we comply with the principles of the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and ILO’s Practices on Recording and Notification of Occupational Accidents and Diseases to the extent that they conform to the legislation in Fortum’s countries of operation.

Plant safety in 2015

We track major environmental, health and safety (EHS) incidents as a Group target, which covers fires, leaks >100 litres, explosions, nuclear and dam safety incidents, and environmental non-compliances. There were 18 (2014: 27) EHS incidents in 2015; the target was ≤27. The incidents didn’t cause significant harm to operations, people or the environment. The majority (12) of the incidents were wastewater permit violations in Russia. In 2016 the possibility to transition to using a closed water circulation system will be explored at two power plants in Russia.

Common guidelines steer operations

Fortum has Group-level EHS guidelines and minimum requirements that set requirements for all the operations for which we have operative responsibility. In 2015 we updated these guidelines and trained more than 500 employees in the revised requirements. The training emphasised management’s role, and we trained the management teams of business units, project management, power plant management, operators and service personnel. Procurement plays a central role in selecting contractors, so also the procurement management team received training.
As a part of the implementation of the new guidelines, we assessed the divisions’ performance in complying with the guidelines in their operations. The shortcomings were recorded and the corrective measures were included into divisions’ 2016 action plans. Measures to prevent serious accidents were also recorded in the action plans.
The contractors’ ability to operate safely is important for us, and we assess contractors also from the perspective of safety. Fortum uses the common contractor safety management model, which takes into consideration the contractor’s safety level from moment of the agreement to the completion of the job. The goal is to implement the safety management model in all divisions during 2016.

Improving safety is a continuous effort

Our goal is to continuously improve the safety of our operations. We have set ambitious safety targets for 2016. The number of serious accidents must be reduced by half, the safety of our own personnel must be kept at a good level, and our target level in contractor safety must be tightened. We have also set more challenging targets for EHS incidents.
*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