We described every accident in compliance with the Polish statutory classification and in compliance with the procedures and classification adopted by the strategic investor, Ferrovial Group, which provides with better capacity of analysing the post-accident statistics (they include e.g. differences in the accident assessment process and definition of a severe accident). Our internal self-regulations are more restrictive than the law within the scope of accident ratio. The accident analysis allows to clearly define what specific actions constitute the source of hazards, what kind of behaviour must be avoided and what kind of behaviour is recommended.
Employees’ exposure to hazards depends on the nature of works performed and is specific for every company. Slightly different hazards are present at contract work sites (e.g. roads) of Budimex and other at construction sites of Budimex Nieruchomości. As far as construction activities are concerned, hazards are related e.g. to the risk of falling from height or injury in contact with construction machinery. In the case of Mostostal Kraków, hazards are connected with the use of band saws and machines with moving parts for steel structure processing, handling structures with overhead cranes, and their loading and unloading. The FBSerwis employees, who, e.g., perform road and motorway maintenance, are exposed, among others, to collisions with vehicles in road traffic. In turn, waste management involves, for instance, risks related to biological agents (e.g. pricks, cuts with contaminated waste elements) and the risk of collision with machinery and vehicles on and outside the premises of the disposal facility.
Another inspection by the National Health Inspectorate conducted in Budimex in 2019 was successfully passed, i.e. it confirmed the effectiveness of corrective actions, which allowed to eliminate breaches of NDN noise level at the operating positions of bituminous mass paver and bituminous worker found the previous year.
In 2019, FBSerwis SA implemented a series of actions, e.g. facility installations were checked (inventory), a map of the facility installation network was created, installations were measured, as well as procedures and instructions were verified and modified. In addition, first aid courses were initiated.
Budimex has committed more than 5,000 employees and subcontractors to this year’s Safety Week. As many as 457 subcontracting companies were involved in the activities. 99 institutions and partners were included in the organisation of events. The Safety Week consisted of more than 200 activities and demonstrations.
Meetings, demonstrations of first aid and rescue actions, sightseeing at construction sites – just like every year, Budimex was actively involved in Safety Week initiative to promote the idea of safety at construction sites. Over 5,100 employees participated in more than 200 various events organised by the company.
The originator of the action is the Agreement for Safety in Construction, which was created as a bottom-up initiative of several general contractors. All of them have joined in one goal – minimising and finally eliminating accidents at construction sites.
This year’s edition of the Safety Week was carried out with the motto that refers to the strict following OHS rules and actions at all times in accordance with the developed standards. No time saving is worth putting life and health at risk. The institutions involved include, among others, the police, the fire service, technical universities, medical rescue services and the Chief Labour Inspectorate. Each person who participated in the action is a potentially saved life.
A series of meetings and workshops with health and safety experts were prepared for employees. The employees could learn, among others, first aid, to update their OHS knowledge. Also, anyone interested in the operation of rescue services could have a close look at specially organised demonstrations. We also do not forget about children and teenagers, which is why we also invited local schools and kindergartens to participate in the Safety Week. Children in many towns had the opportunity to visit the construction sites and find out how to take care of their safety.