The importance of protecting people from physical harm is enshrined in Terna’s
Code of Ethics. di Terna.
The occupational safety policy sets out its guidelines with an explicit commitment to promoting laccident prevention for all employees,
including those employed by contractors.
The system of indicators includes the "occupational safety indicator",
comprising the injury rate and the lost day rate, to which the variable remuneration of personnel in the departments concerned is linked.
At last, a specific organisational unit within the Engineering department tests safety materials and devices, assessing their reliability via strength tests under extreme conditions.
BS OHSAS 18001:2007 certified management system
This system, which covers 100% of the Company's activities and is incorporated
within the quality and environment system, is based on accurate risk assessment, with a particular focus on activities entailing electrical risk (Provisions for the Prevention of Electrical Risk).
Organisational unit responsible for safety and supervisory activities
This unit, consisting of a central team and local managers in area offices and at construction sites
(Prevention and Protection Service managers), carries out inspections of workplaces and construction sites.
The correct and complete application of the procedures is subject to inspections by
Prevention and Protection Service managers, internal compliance checks for all Terna Group companies,
and the external audits required for certification. Elected staff representatives are also present who
are responsible for verifying the application of standards (staff health and safety representatives). As regards
activities carried out by contractors, Terna conducts inspections of its own construction sites in order to verify
the correct application of accident prevention regulations by the responsible health and safety officers and contractors.
Information and training activities
All staff have access to key information regarding health and safety and innovations through various channels, including the Company’s intranet and information meetings. In 2018, around 44,105 hours of training were dedicated to health and safety issues, of which over 60% was aimed at blue-collar workers. The equipment at the Viverone Training Centre (BI) enables training to be carried out on safe working practices when climbing pylons (via the use of life-size pylons), and regarding live-line working in a controlled environment.
As in previous years, there were no fatal workplace accidents among the Group’s employees in 2018. Likewise, there were no serious injuries resulting in an initial prognosis of more than 40 days. The total number of injuries amounts to 40, including 6 with a prognosis of less than 3 days. Since 12 October 2017 (art. 3, paragraph 3-bis of Law Decree 244/2016), companies have an obligation to report to INAIL any injuries resulting in an absence from work of at least one day, excluding the day of the relevant event. Previously, the obligation only applied to absences of over 3 days, excluding the day of the event.
Both the injury rate and the lost day rate have registered slight increases compared with the previous two years.