HEALTH AND SAFETY

A fundamental principle of sustainable development is employee health and safety; a principle that is materialised at Ferrovial in various initiatives that enable us to advance in the design and implementation of systems that effectively prevent and reduce occupational risks and serve as a benchmark in the sectors in which we are involved.

The company continuously adapts its occupational safety management systems in order to comply with Spanish and European legal requirements and to actively contribute to continuous safety improvements for its employees and workplaces.
To meet those objectives, the principal actions in Spain were as follows:

• in Construction, Safety experts made 2,640 visits in 2005 to monitor and control construction projects and propose preventive measures. Another 503 visits were made at the request of the production line to provide on-site advice on health and safety problems arising in construction work.

The division's Safety Unit drafted 90 risk assessments for fixed sites and 62 emergency plans for Ferrovial's various activities; it also cooperated actively with line personnel to draft a further 393 health and safety plans and 51 health and safety studies.

In 2005, a work group, formed by line personnel (workers' representatives and supervisors) and members of the Safety Unit, was created to establish the minimum requirements to be implemented as a priority in the projects executed in Spain. The Safety Unit monitors those requirements in its regular visits to the projects.

• in the Infrastructure, Real Estate and Corporation divisions, the occupational safety management system (which includes the occupational safety plan) was updated in over 250 existing workplaces and implemented in over 10 new workplaces. Each workplace drafts an annual monitoring plan for preventive actions and establishes specific rules and procedures in order to make progress in minimising or eliminating risks.

The Infrastructure division (toll roads, airports and car parks) implemented the ‘Consiggna’ program, which updates the preventive actions arising from the Annual Safety Plan and the health and safety actions developed at the workplaces on-line, thus enhancing the Safety Management System's efficiency and effectiveness and providing an overall analysis.

• in Services, the Occupational Safety Management System was implemented in 216 work centres. Safety experts made approximately 2,000 visits, which generated over 1,300 technical reports.

ACCIDENT FIGURES

Training and information

Training and information actions were as follows:

• basic 50-hour training course for 1,922 professionals (middle, production and site managers), as established in Royal Decree 39/1997. They obtained a certificate as basic-level safety technicians which is valid throughout Spain.

That was the objective set by the Construction area in 2004, imposed as a requirement in this activity by the Reform of the Regulatory Framework for the Occupational Safety Law, which called them ‘preventive resources’.

In the Construction division, in 2005 occupational safety training was also given to 2,659 workers upon joining the company and during the projects. Information about on-site risks was provided in the On-Site Safety Handbook, which was given to 80,000 workers (both Ferrovial and subcontractor personnel) in 2004-2005.

• in the Infrastructure division, a Car Park Safety Handbook and a Toll Road Safety Handbook were also drafted. Over 5,000 hours of occupational safety training were given to workers.

• in Services, 641 on-site training courses were given to 5,528 employees.

Employees' health was also monitored by the company based on the risks inherent to their workplace; in particular, medical examinations were made before hiring and regular examinations were made on specific medical protocols: 1,330 health examinations were made in Infrastructure; 133 examinations, in addition to 32 other special health examinations, were made in the Real Estate and Corporation area; 9,844 were made in the Services division; and 4,586 in Construction.

In all areas, research was conducted on accidents and incidents in order to implement corrective and preventive measures and avoid a recurrence of problems: 714 reports were drafted in Construction.

All business areas have health and safety committees that draft, implement and develop safety plans and programmes: in Construction, this type of committee exists in headquarters as well as in workplaces with 50 or more workers; in Infrastructure, there are 10 committees and, in the smaller centres, there are safety officers; and in Services, over 100 meetings were held by the health and safety committees.

In 2004, Ferrovial developed an IT application (SIAL) to manage occupational accidents and handle the process via electronic means through the Electronic Declaration of Occupational Accidents (Delt@ System). SIAL can be accessed via the intranet and its implementation has provided numerous advantages: it expedites procedures and reduces delays in internal communications; it facilitates the application of statistical tools; it reduces the time of handling each file; and it provides real-time alerts on serious, very serious and fatal accidents, expediting the procedures. Moreover, in the Construction division, accidents are registered in the occupational safety application ("SERPRE"), which systematically processes information from the safety experts' visits, providing real-time access and knowledge to the personnel involved in the safety system. In 2005, improvements in "SERPRE" were studied and began to be implemented in the fourth quarter so that they may be operational for all the safety experts in 2006.

In 2005, the Quality, Safety and Environmental (QPMA) web site was updated; all construction workers have access to Construnet, the division's intranet. That web site provides in-depth information on occupational safety: the Safety Unit, safety management, construction processes, applicable legislation and an extensive library on machinery, best practices, etc.

Participation in forums and dialogue

Ferrovial regularly attends and participates in the Health and Safety Committee meetings of SEOPAN (Spain's National Association of Construction Companies) where, among other actions, numerous occupational health and safety action guidelines are established. Through SEOPAN, occupational safety training was given to final-year students of the Public Works Engineering School in 2005.

In 2005, the Construction area participated in other occupational safety forums:
• Laboralia: a trade fair on safety at Spanish and international level. During the fair, construction and other professionals showed interest in Ferrovial's Safety Handbooks for Construction Processes (Building and Civil Engineering) and On-Site Safety;
• A Biennial Conference on Málaga's Intersectoral Plan for Safety in Construction; the 2005 edition related to risks arising from ‘Earth movement in ditches and excavations’;
• The SalvsLaboris fair (Madrid), where Ferrovial participated in the presentation on Corporate Social Responsibility from the perspective of the construction business.

 

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