Health and safety

Ensuring that our employees return home safely every day is our top priority.

At Eltel, safety is not just about personal protective equipment, incident reports and adjusting to the current pandemic challenge – it is a mindset that we choose to adopt every day.

A robust safety culture

We work hard to foster a culture in which safety is a primary concern among our employees and subcontractors. The proactive work to prevent and reduce the number of workplace injuries and accidents and to promote health and well-being has continued since 2015.

Risk analysis, the proper equipment, the right training and the correct information are a prerequisite for all assignments. The reporting and follow-up of risk observations, incidents and accidents and the analysis of near misses and potential incidents provide valuable insights into our preventive safety work.

Follow-up dialogue with employees who are ill and rehabilitation support for employees on long-term sick leave are also important measures for reducing absence due to illness.

All-time best safety performance in 2021

Eltel achieved its all-time best safety performance in 2021, which is the result of its long-term commitment to promoting safety throughout the business.

During the year, Eltel’s Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) per million working hours for its own employees decreased to 3.8 – compared to 4.9 in 2020 and 6.2 in 2019. This trend of improving safety performance is the result of a robust safety culture that has been developed in recent years along with concrete actions out in the field.

Health and safety risks

Eltel has clearly defined the health and safety risks for our people. High-risk activities related to day-to-day operations include electrical safety, working at height, managing ageing infrastructure, and road safety. Road safety is a particularly important area for Eltel as teams spend a lot of time on the road driving from site to site. Eltel is constantly seeking to identify and implement more modern and safer solutions and processes to reduce risk.

Towards zero injuries

Recent safety initiatives include improving personal protective equipment, safety knowledge sharing and running annual safety campaigns and management safety walks. A global digital reporting tool has increased transparency, foster the reporting of safety observations and help Eltel’s field personnel analyse safety risks in a systematic way.