Vestas’ goal is zero injuries. We are of the belief that all injuries can be prevented if every hazard is managed and if the right behaviour is in place.
We work closely together with customers to fulfil the demand for the highest level of safety in our operations as this adds certainty for their business case. Also, we actively join hands with partners across the industry to mitigate general risks and improve training.
By putting ‘Safety First’ we have significantly improved our incident rate* for now six years in a row.
However, we recognize that working with wind turbines is not hazard free. Heavy components, dizzying heights, unpredictable weather conditions and demanding processes presents a challenging work environment.
Safety must be rooted in the business culture and in Vestas this starts at the top. Management is accountable, but all employees shoulder their share of responsibility for their own and their colleague’s well-being. With a focus on the individual employee it is enforced that working safely is a condition for employment at Vestas and that we view the employee as the most critical factor in our collective effort to stay safe.
Through root cause studies it’s become apparent that more than 90 per cent of industrial injuries are related to people’s behaviour. Central to decreasing this trend, is our zero tolerance approach towards actions or decisions that could undermine any aspect of safety, no matter how minor.
At Vestas, we believe that by being aware of safety hazards it is possible to change behaviour and prevent injuries.
Vestas has developed a safety roadmap to methodically approach safety challenges. The initiatives identified are spilt into yearly business plans to ensure that all activities and objectives are rolled out in a coordinated manner across all of Vestas’ business units.
*Incidence of industrial injuries per one million working hours – Lost Time Injury