About Skanska Health and Safety Week
Skanska Health and Safety Week is one of the world's biggest safety events in a private company and includes industry partners in several markets.
Health and Safety Week dates back to 2005
Skanska Health and Safety Week began in 2005 and is a part of Skanska's annual activities. It remains an important event because it provides an opportunity to emphasize the part that health and safety has in our values—Care for Life, Be Better Together, Work Ethically and Transparently.
Skanska is concerned about the well-being of everyone in the construction industry and does not limit itself to Skanska employees. Our subcontractors and suppliers are equally important to us.
A week of focused activities
Thousands of activities takes place during Skanska Health and Safety Week at construction jobsites, depots and offices across Skanska. Communicating health and safety not only to the Skanska employees but also our several thousands of sub-contractors, partners and customers. This includes activities to increase awareness with various training, workshops, seminars with experts to raise knowledge and much more.
In recent years, Health and Safety Week activities in several of our home markets have reached out to industry colleagues to make it a more inclusive event with competitors, suppliers and contractors, clients and designers taking part. Arranging Health and Safety Week as an industry event impacts people working in construction even more. We continue to combine our Health and Safety week activities with industry partners in all our markets where we operate.
Everyone has a right to come home unharmed, every day.
We believe that everyone has the right to come home unharmed at the end of each work day and the annual Skanska Health and Safety Week gives us an opportunity to remind ourselves more intensely on what is an everyday challenge.
Health and Safety Week 2020
Health and Safety is a top priority for Skanska.
We aspire to have ethical and caring work environments wherever we are and achieving this requires much foresight and proper planning. From analyzing recent annual safety data, we see that our highest and most frequent safety risks are connected to lifting, loading and lowering operations. Therefore, going forward we have a particular focus on becoming outstanding with lifting, loading and lowering operations.
Skanska is on its seventh year of industry-wide activities in many of our markets. We continue to encourage working across the industry on health and safety related areas, with an aim to get everyone home each day in the same good condition as they arrived.
In 2020, owing to COVID-19 Skanska Safety Week will take place at appropriate times for each market, not at an aligned time across the Group.
Protecting people from COVID-19 is an essential additional aspect to our health and safety work this year. It requires thorough, inclusive upfront planning and careful execution based on those plans – just as we always aim to do at Skanska.
This year’s Health and Safety Week theme of “Drive Proactive Safety Culture” reminds us that this foundation of our health and safety approach – including our Care for Live value – can and must be applied to any situation. Safety week is carried out in our Business Units once every year.
Furthermore, we must continue to bring a proactive approach to our work of becoming outstanding with lifting, loading and lowering operations, the activities that present us with the greatest safety risks. Nothing is more important than ensuring the continued safety of Skanska’s people and all those on our sites – during Safety Week and every week of the year.