Building the Bigger Picture  

Building the Bigger Picture

Safety is everything

Destia wants to guarantee safe and healthy work conditions for all its employees and subcontractors at its sites and to ensure the safety of road traffic.

At Destia, safety means looking after our employees' safety at work and the safety of road users alike. Occupational safety is a key element of Destia's social responsibility and an essential part of all the company’s operations.

Occupational safety at Destia has distinctly improved in recent years, and this favourable trend continued during 2014. The accident frequency, or the number of workplace accidents leading to at least one day of absence per one million working hours, dropped to the record low figure of 9.3 (10.8 in 2013). In 2014 there were 7.1 workdays per man-year of sickness and injury-related absences; ergo the sickness-related absence per cent was 2.8.

Planning: from general to specific

Destia’s business operations typically consist of projects carried out at varying sites and in different and varying conditions. Safety at the sites is planned by moving gradually from general principles to more and more specific details. In addition to the common safety procedures applied across Destia, all safety matters related to a project are first examined from the perspective of the entire project and then specified in more detail for each phase of the project. In 2014, Destia updated the procedures applied to the planning of work phases for better management of risks.

Because many Destia projects are carried out along transport routes, traffic safety is a particular priority, ensured with properly planned and implemented traffic arrangements on the site for the benefit of both vehicle traffic and employees. Where necessary, these arrangements will also cover rail traffic. During maintenance work, traffic safety is ensured by marking the equipment clearly, for example, and performing the work at appropriate times.

Keeping track of safety performance

Each year, the measures related to occupational safety and allocation of the related responsibilities are decided on by Destia’s Occupational Safety Committee chaired by Destia’s President & CEO. The Occupational Safety Committee is in charge of monitoring the measures affecting occupational safety; the responsibility for implementing these measures, however, lies with the line management. Safety issues are handled regularly by Destia's management teams and reported monthly.

Four times a year, all staff are sent a safety bulletin, which contains topical messages from the Occupational Safety Committee to the staff and follows the trends in main key figures related to safety. It also reports any accidents that have occurred and safety observations made and provides advice on how to avoid accidents.

Compulsory online induction

Employee induction is particularly important in the construction business, as the staff must be able to perform their work safely. For example, all summer workers at Destia must attend induction courses on the principles of safety at work.

In 2013, Destia launched online induction into safety at work. Online induction provides the fundamentals on Destia and its approach to safe management and work. The induction is compulsory for all Destia employees and subcontractors before they start work on site. The online induction has been attended by a total of 4,400 people, 2,600 of whom are subcontractors. Destia also provides training courses on industrial safety called Tieturva 1 at various institutions.


Destia has signed the Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT’s contract: “Zero Accidents in the Field of Construction 2020”. Management’s occupational safety contract and the principals of safe work are:

In our company:
Accident-free site/plant is a matter of honor to us.
Our goal is that accidents decrease 30 per cent each year.
We enhance occupational safety systematically.
We examine each accident and dangerous situation.
We have all the necessary resources in use for taking care of occupational safety matters.
We compile statistics and report accidents according to mutual instructions.
We require these goals and demands from our contracting parties as well.

development of accident frequency

severity level of accident

2014  2013  2012 
1-29 days of absence 18 21 33
Over 30 days of absence 3 4 5

amount of safety observations

2014  2013 
799 400