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Health and Safety performance

In Skanska health and safety performance is measured by a combination of lagging and leading indicators with increasing emphasis on monitoring preventative actions and behaviors. Skanska places increasing importance on adopting, measuring and reporting the performance of a range of Health and Safety Leading Indicators.


Measuring and monitoring health and safety performance is an important part of any organizations continuous improvement cycle. Timely accurate data is essential and the monthly Health and Safety Statistics Reporting supported by a group sustainability reporting database.

Lagging Indicators

In line with construction industry standard reporting, Skanska’s principle lagging measure is lost time accident rate.

Lost Time Accident Rate

Number of employee and subcontractor accidents times 1,000,000 hours divided by total labor hours.

In 2018, the lost time accident rate increased slightly to 3.5. As a result of our culture and focus on health and safety, we are confident that we have a high level of reporting in our organization.

Leading Indicators

There is increasing emphasis on the use of leading indicators in all Skanska business units to monitor preventative actions or behaviours Skanska has adopted one global safety indicator, Executive Site Safety Visits with each Skanska Business Unit nominating at least two further Business Unit Leading Indicators against which they measure and report monthly.

Global Leading Indicator

Executive Site Safety Visits (ESSVs)

As part of our focus on introducing and monitoring leading indicators, Executive Site Visits (ESSV) was introduced in 2008. A total of 5,231 ESSVs took place in 2018.

Local Leading Indicators

Many businesses will have additional leading safety indicators to drive local safety performance. Typical local leading indicators used by Skanska business units are:

  • Top 380 Supply Chain Senior Managers Orientation
  • Weekly Toolbox Talks on all Projects.
  • Two days "Safe Leadership training" for line managers and site managers.

Global Safety Stand Downs

It is important to Skanska that we take all opportunities to learn from our experiences, even bad ones. We also believe that those that work with us deserve respect. When we suffer a tragic accident we use the opportunity to pay respects to the deceased, their family and friends and to learn lessons from the incident to prevent recurrence.

A Global Safety Stand Down (GSSD) is held at every workplace across Skanska and includes our contractors and clients, where the accident is discussed and lessons can be learned and respect paid with a minutes silence.