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Global safety standards

The following standards are minimum requirements that must be achieved by all Skanska operations. Additional requirements within local legislation must also be complied with at all times.


To facilitate greater commonality in performance across all Skanska business units twelve Global Safety Standards have been put in place. They are:

1. Working At Height

In Skanska we recognise that falls from height are responsible for more fatalities and serious injuries than any other category of accident in the construction industry worldwide. Therefore it is essential that whatever the height the risks of injury are controlled.

2. Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment is the last line of defence in preventing injury and not the first option. In Skanska managing the safety risk comes first.

3. Induction Training for Employees

Studies show that people are more likely to have accidents when they are new to their work environment. That is why all new starts on Skanska workplaces are required to receive a day one safety induction.

4. Risk Assessment

Identifying safety hazards and mitigating the risk is a key step to delivering an injury free workplace. This Skanska standard stresses the use of safety briefings as a means to communicate the risks and controls.

5. Temporary Works

On Skanska jobsites all temporary works of every kind that are required on site for the construction of the Permanent Works are covered by this safety standard including ;Falsework and formwork systems, supports for deep excavation and working platforms for heavy mobile equipment including cranes and piling rigs.

6. Lifting Operations

Lifting operations are an everyday activity on construction sites but they represent one of the highest risk activities. Lifting operations can be undertaken by a variety of equipment powered or manual including cranes, excavators, piling rigs, gantry cranes, fork lift and telehandlers. On Skanska jobsites all lifting is covered by this safety standard.

7. Confined Spaces

Confined spaces are work environments that by their nature have restricted space and ventilation and are therefore at risk of fumes or fire. Controlling access egress and the work activities in these spaces is essential.

8. Fire Prevention

Construction sites are at risk from fire particularly during the latter stages as more flammable materials are introduced to the building. Planning, control of activities and emergency response are ways to reduce potential accidents.

9. Excavation and Trenching

In carrying out excavation and trenching activities ground conditions can vary, even in short distances. A small fall of earth is capable of inflicting serious or even fatal injuries. Design and installation of systems by qualified personnel is a key element of the standard.

10. Vehicles on site

Man – machine interface only has one winner. This standard focusses on planning and controlling the vehicles movements on the jobsite.

11. Incident Management

Understanding the nature and causes of accidents, incidents and near misses at our workplaces is essential knowledge for preventing recurrence. Having processes and procedures that collect, collate and communicate causes and actions to prevent recurrence is a vital part of the safety management system.

12. Electrical Safety

Overhead and underground electrical services are a constant hazard for construction sites whether they be in urban or rural areas. Having strong procedures to manage the risk is essential to the safety working alongside high voltage power lines.

Last updated: 3/16/2015

Neil Moore

Senior Vice President Safety

Email: Neil Moore