Preventive health and safety work

Clear requirements and guidelines, health and safety awareness in all situations and close follow-up in both operating and project activities are important elements in achieving good health and safety performance. Statkraft works systematically to achieve a good working environment where no-one is injured.

Statkraft's safety culture

Statkraft’s goal is zero work-related injuries. This is a logical, but ambitious goal. In order to reach this goal, Statkraft is working systematically to establish a safety culture based on transparency and a desire to learn, both from own mistakes and from good planning and successful improvement measures.

The identification and assessment of safety risks before all activities is a fundamental requirement, and work must be planned to ensure safe execution. All accidents, near-misses and hazardous conditions are therefore recorded and followed up in a consistent and structured manner, and sharing of lessons learned and experiences across the organisation is encouraged. Statkraft’s management and follow-up of health and safety work are based on the requirements in the OHSAS 18001 standard and international good practice.

The injury frequency for our own employees and contractors in both regular operations and projects is included as an indicator in the Group's score card, which is followed up monthly by the Group management and Statkraft’s board of directors.

Follow-up of health and safety is a line responsibility in Statkraft. This means that each unit has an independent responsibility for efforts and follow-up relating to the health and safety performance. In order to strengthen the follow-up, annual self-evaluation was introduced in all business units in 2013. The evaluation reviews and assesses risk areas, performance and implemented and planned measures in relation to established requirements.

Health and safety expertise

All Statkraft employees are given training in safety risk and working environment, adapted to their individual working situation. Health and safety is a mandatory topic in the introduction programme for new employees and the Group's management programmes. In addition, there is a basic, web-based course on Statkraft's safety culture and work, which is available to all employees.

Statkraft has also developed a more comprehensive web-based health and safety course directed at operations and operative project activities. This course was updated in 2013 and reviews topics such as safety risk identification, working at heights, handling mobile installations, working at heights, handling mobile installations, traffic safety, electrical installations, planning and coordination of safety work and emergency preparedness work. The course is mandatory for all employees and contractors in Statkraft's Power Generation unit who work at the company's plants. The course is also available for employees and contractors in other parts of our activities, both nationally and internationally. Furthermore, Statkraft’s project manager programme has a module which covers planning and coordination of health and safety work.
Example from Statkraft’s web-based health and safety course.

Training is also given in specific health and safety topics as required. Examples of such topics include investigation of serious incidents, operation of electrical installations and first aid courses.

Within our Norwegian activities, all safety delegates and members of the working environment committees complete a 40-hour health and safety course.

Networks and industry associations

Statkraft is a member of several national and international networks and industry associations which follow up health and safety issues in different ways. These are important arenas where people can exchange experiences and continuously acquire updated knowledge and information about health and safety in the energy industry. Examples of such networks and associations include:

  • Energy Norway: Energy Norway is an industry association representing about 270 Norwegian companies engaged in generation, distribution and trading of electricity. Energy Norway works actively to improve the health and safety work in the Norwegian energy industry.
  • British Wind Energy Association (BWEA): BWEA is the leading industry association for wind power in the UK and works to develop industry guidelines for health and safety.
  • International Hydropower Association (IHA): IHA is an international organisation promoting the role of hydropower in establishing sustainable energy solutions. IHA has developed the IHA Sustainability Guidelines, which is a framework to monitor the degree of sustainability for hydropower plants, including the health and safety aspect.
  • G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association: Statkraft is one of nine companies which established G9 in 2012 and which will promote health and safety for offshore wind power. Statkraft is a board member and also participates actively in the working groups Working at Heights, Marine Operations and Lifting Operations.
  • National Safety Council of India (through SN Power): The National Safety Council has been established by the Indian government with a mission to promote health and safety work at the national level in India.

Stronger focus on health and safety in projects

Health and safety are integral to Statkraft’s management system and project management tools. This means that status and performance for health and safety issues are included as a decision criteria in all main decisions in the project process.

Investigations and audits show that Statkraft has established clear requirements and guidelines for how health and safety issues shall be handled in projects, but that these requirements and guidelines are not always implemented in the daily work. Statkraft therefore works focused towards clarifying requirements and following up health and safety efforts in the daily work. Below are some examples of improvement activities implemented in 2013.

  •  Following several serious traffic accidents, the South-East Europe development unit has implemented a traffic safety project focusing on risk in connection with transport. An awareness campaign and training sessions have been held to clarify applicable requirements and promote desirable traffic behaviour. Traffic safety is also important in the local communities where we have activities. As part of the development of the Kargi hydropower plant in Turkey, a traffic safety park for primary school children was opened in May 2013 outside Osmancik.

A traffic safety campaign was held in Turkey in 2013.

  • The Power Generation operations unit has over the course of 2013 visited all plants and projects to raise awareness of health and safety issues, identify risk areas and evaluate status and measures. The conclusions and recommendations from the visits have been summarised in a report which is a good basis for the further health and safety work in Power Generation.
  • Sheringham Shoal has been nominated for the 2014 health and safety award from the industry association Renewable UK. The wind farm was nominated for having included a function for life-saving first aid even in the wind farm's operations phase. In the offshore wind sector it has been common to have this function available on vessels in the development phase, but so far not in the operations phase.

Investigation of serious incidents

Statkraft records accidents, near-misses and unsafe conditions in a group-wide follow-up and analysis tool, Emendo. Emendo is undergoing continuous development to facilitate the best possible follow-up and analysis of incidents in order to find efficient measures.

Incidents with, or with potential for serious consequences, are given particular attention. These incidents are investigated in accordance with a set procedure to fully understand what has happened. The investigation is summarised in a report which describes the detailed course of events, causal links and implemented short and long-term measures. The investigation report is followed up by the responsible unit, as well as the relevant boards. A brief version of the investigation report is made available throughout the organisation to enable us to learn from mistakes and avoid recurrences.

Absence due to illness

Absence due to illness in Statkraft has been stable, and was 2.9% 2013, which is within the goal of an absence due to illness rate lower than 3.5%. All Norwegian companies in the Group have entered into Inclusive workplace (IA) agreements, with active follow-up of absence and adaptation of the work as needed by the employee.