Occupational health and safety

Occupational health and safety is a joint effort where each employee carries the responsibility for their own safety as well as the safety of others. Identification of occupational safety risks, preventive action and training play an important role in the creation of a safe working environment.

Our objective at Fennovoima and in the Hanhikivi 1 project area is to ensure that the health and safety of all employees are protected at all times every day.
All Fennovoima employees, consultants working on-site at the company’s premises and everyone working in the Hanhikivi 1 project area are included in the occupational safety management system:

  • Fennovoima’s occupational health management system covers Fennovoima’s operations in Helsinki and Pyhäjoki, as well as all Fennovoima’s operations in the Hanhikivi 1 project area, and complies with the ISO 45001 standard.
  • RAOS Project’s occupational safety system in the Hanhikivi 1 project area covers all people working in the RAOS Project’s project area. The system is certified in accordance with ISO 45001. 
  • Titan-2’s occupational health system covers all people working in Titan-2’s supply chain. The system is certified in accordance with ISO 45001.

Effective risk management prevents accidents 

Extensive risk identification and management procedures and reporting of safety observations are an important part of preventive occupational safety measures. We assess occupational safety risks from the perspectives of risks to the employees, facilities and the Hanhikivi 1 project site four times a year. Also, we encourage our personnel to make and report observations to improve our occupational safety culture. 

At the project site, all contractors working within Fennovoima’s scope of work follow the extensive risk assessment and management procedure that is based on Fennovoima’s risk register. This ensures that risk assessments are carried out in a consistent manner and meet our requirements. The plant supplier, RAOS Project, and the main contractor, Titan-2, follow similar risk assessment and management procedures. 

Central risks at the project site include blasting and excavation, lifting, working at height, working in winter conditions, and communication between different actors. Risks related to working at height have become increasinglz imminent in recent year, since the construction of Fennovoima's adiministration building, for example, reached rooftop height.

A risk assessment is performed before each construction work. The identified risks are communicated to all contractors and builders active at the site. Everyone working at Fennovoima or on the Hanhikivi 1 project has the right to refuse to perform unsafe work. 

With the occupational safety training, we ensure that everyone working for Fennovoima or at the Hanhikivi 1 site has adequate knowledge and skills of the correct working methods and safety practices, and that everyone working at the construction site uses the required personal protective equipment.

Site inspections promote improvement of operations 

We monitor occupational safety performance at two levels: procedures and practices. The monitoring aims at continuous development of working methods and the processing of observed deficiencies at an early stage, before any harm occurs. 
Safety violations are processed in accordance with the regular safety observation or accident investigation procedure. Fennovoima has zero tolerance of working under the influence of alcohol. We carry out alcohol testing several times a week.

Occupational accidents

There were no occupational accidents among Fennovoima’s personnel in 2021. Overall, six lost time accidents occurred at the construction site during the year:

  • An employee slipped when climbing aboard a reach truck and strained their shoulder. The accident resulted in a ten-day sick leave.
  • An employee slipped on a cable protection pipe and injured their ankle. This resulted in a three-day sick leave.
  • An employee tripped and hurt their wrist. The accident resulted in a ten-day sick leave.
  • The palm of an employee’s hand was squeezed between two metal bars during installation. The employee needed four stitches in their palm and received three days of sick leave.
  • An employee tripped on the stairs and hurt their ankle. The accident resulted in a three-day sick leave. 
  • An employee was unloading mold equipment from a transport cage when a section of the mold, a metal beam of approximately 1.2 m  that had been leaning against the transport cage, fell on top of the employee’s foot. The accident resulted in a three-day sick leave for the employee.

Even one accident is one too many. The occupational challenges in 2021 were mainly due to the actions of certain contractors. We will pay special attention to supervising them.

The table below includes information of all contractors working at the Hanhikivi project area.*The definition of a near-miss situation has been changed from the previous definition in order to emphasize serious observations and to process them more effectively.

Hanhikivi 1 project site 2021 2020
Lost-time injuries** 6 6
Lost working days 32 54
Average severity of accidents (as working days) 5.33 9
Lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR)*** 6.41 8.98
Near miss situations* 70 1
Fatalities 0 0
Severe accidents 0 0
Investigation of accidents and near misses Six accidents, all of which were investigated within the set time limit. Near misses: Fennovoima 7/8 inspected within the targeted time, RAOS Project 62/62 inspected (no time target) Six accidents and one near miss, which were investigated within the targeted time.
High-risk work Diving work commenced at the end of 2021. No
Occupational diseases No No
Hours worked 936 320 668 232

** a) Accidents that have been managed with first aid only are not included; b) fatalities are included; c) a lost working day refers to an absence of one whole working shift; d) days refer to agreed working days; e) days are counted starting from the day following the accident (one whole shift). If the injured person receives treatment on the day of the accident and returns to work, the case is considered a first aid case. *** The LTIFR equals the number of lost time injuries per one million hours worked. Lost time injuries are defined as injuries that lead to at least one lost working shift.

Latest update on March 16, 2022.