Unfortunately, there were two fatal work-related accidents in 2014 in connection with Statkraft's activities. Both accidents took place in development projects, one in Albania and one in Panama. In total, 106 lost-time injuries and 170 injuries overall were recorded among the Group's employees and contractors in 2014. This corresponds to an injury frequency rate (TRI) of 5.5 and lost time injury rate (LTI) of 3.4.
A total of four fatalities occurred in two work-related fatal accidents in Statkraft in 2014.
One of the accidents took place in the Devoll project in Albania, which is wholly owned by Statkraft. In this accident, there were three fatalities following a rockslide in the vicinity of Moglice in the Devoll valley. The fatalities were employees in a rockfall protection company that was securing the rock face for one of Statkraft’s road contractors. The main conclusion from the investigation is that challenging weather and precipitation conditions had substantially increased the risk of a slide, and that this was not sufficiently considered when executing the work. The practice for executing this type of work has been changed after the accident.
The other accident took place in the Bajo Frio project in Panama, where Statkraft has an indirect ownership interest of 25%. In this accident, a barrel came loose from a mobile crane and struck multiple people who were under the crane. There was one fatality and one serious injury. The accident investigation uncovered multiple breaches of the project's requirements and guidelines and several improvement measures have been implemented.
The LTI indicator (number of lost-time injuries per million working hours) was 3.0 among Group employees, while LTI among the Group's contractors was 3.7. Correspondingly, the TRI indicator (number of injuries per million working hours) among Group employees was 5.6 and 5.4 among contractors. In total, 170 injuries were recorded among the Group’s employees and contractors, 106 of which were lost-time injuries.
In 2014, 19 injuries were registered where the consequences were or could have been serious, and a total of 58 incidents (injuries and near-misses) with a serious injury potential. Such incidents are subject to investigation in order to identify the cause, course of events and preventive measures, and also to disseminate experiences and knowledge across the organisation.
The trend as regards the injury frequency rate is in the right direction, but there is still room for improvement toward reaching the goal of zero injuries. Especially in larger development projects, there is a strong focus on establishing a good safety culture. The tools used to achieve this are clear requirements for expertise throughout all projects and close follow-up of safety in the workplace.
Hazardous conditions and near-misses
All accidents, near-misses and unsafe conditions are registered in a joint follow-up and analysis tool. More than 10 000 incidents were registered in 2014. Both near-misses and unsafe conditions are followed up in the same manner as actual accident situations, and conditions which recur or could have had serious consequences are subjected to analysis and follow-up in order to identify the chain of causation. This allows us to elevate expertise concerning work situations with a risk potential, which makes us better equipped for good planning and preventive measures that can reduce the risk of accidents.