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A safer workplace

Improving occupational safety was determined to be one of our most important areas of development.

Altogether 2,613 accidents were recorded at Itella in Finland during 2013. The corresponding figure in 2012 was 2,650. Figures include both accidents that have happened at workplace and during way to and off from work. The figure describing the state of occupational safety at Itella, LTA1 (Lost Time Accident Frequency Rate), was 46.7.

In 2013, we launched the Safe Workplace development project, which aims to reduce accidents through new ways of thinking about safety. In the spring, we conducted a survey and interviews to examine the management culture of occupational safety at Itella. Based on the survey results, we determined the focus areas, indicators and a reporting model for the entire organization. We also included the reduction of accidents as one of the performance-based incentive metrics.

During the fall, we organized Safe Workplace events in eight locations for a total of approximately 1,000 supervisors and representatives of our labor protection organization. The training addressed roles in occupational safety, the significance of leadership, the importance of good local cooperation and the new tools and principles of safety management at Itella.

At the end of the year, we also updated our occupational safety vision and our next steps for the coming few years. In 2014, we will focus on supporting our employees in the adoption of preventative tools of occupational safety management and also in the adoption of new practices.



Accidents and sickness related absences


2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Sickness related absences (%) 5.7 6.0 6.0 5.9 5.9
Lost time accidents (number) 1,197 1,306 1,318 1,329 1,306
Accident frequency 39.6 44.3 45.1 48.7 46.7
Disability pensions 104 78 89 84 76
Part-time disability pensions 74 57 76 103 74
Total disability pensions 178 135 165 187 150
Average age for retiring on disability pension 55.5 56.0 56.1 56.5 56.7
Average retirement age 59.6 60.0 60.4 60.7 60.9
Retired 415 364 400 315 342