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Skanska Safety Week 2010 Initiative Starts on September 13

Monday, September 13 marks the start of Skanska Safety Week 2010.

This is the sixth consecutive year for the world’s largest workplace safety initiative, organized by a company. At more than 10,000 worksites worldwide, Skanska’s 49,000 employees and thousands of customers, subcontractors, suppliers and business partners will be involved in activities focused on safety.

Skanska Safety Week will extend from September 13 to 19. The objective is to increase the focus on safety at worksites in order to prevent accidents and realize Skanska’s vision of zero worksite injuries among employees, subcontractors and the general public.

“It is completely unacceptable that people in our industry risk their lives in performing their daily work. Working safely is everyone’s right. Safety is Skanska’s highest priority, and Skanska Safety Week is therefore an important initiative to show that accidents can and must be avoided,” says Johan Karlström, President and CEO of Skanska.

The construction industry has traditionally been one of the most dangerous sectors in which to work. Some 40 percent of all fatal accidents in workplaces occur in this industry. However, experience from Skanska’s Safety Week, shows that the number of accidents can be greatly reduced. During Safety Week 2009, the percentage of accidents that resulted in absence from work in the entire Skanska Group was more than 50 percent lower than during an average week, when about 20 accidents were reported. Restated for a full year, this would correspond to approximately 650 fewer accidents among Skanska employees and subcontractors worldwide.

Activities to be conducted during the week include hundreds of safety visits to worksites by senior Skanska managers, including extensive training programs for employees, subcontractors and business partners relating to safety, such as work planning to avoid risks, work at great heights and fire training, as well as many other activities at Skanska’s construction projects and offices worldwide. There will also be activities focusing on health, such as training in first aid and blood testing.


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