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.

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.

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.

The staff is sent messages containing topical messages relating to safety around the year as well as information on the 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.

The construction sector in Finland has jointly developed a new method for occupational safety related general briefing, an online induction course named ePerehdytys, which has been taken into use also in Destia. All Destia employees and subcontractors are required to complete the course prior to working on a site. 

For more information on the online induction 

Zero accidents in the field of construction 2020

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.