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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.

Occupational injuries

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.

  • Occupational injuries - Terna employees
  • Occupational injuries - contractor and subcontractor employees
OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES – TERNA EMPLOYEES, GRI-ILO DEFINITIONS(*)

2018
2017
2016
Injury Rate 1.28 0.81 1.00
Lost Day Rate(1) 34.40 27.62 31.28
Absentee Rate(2) 6,937.4 6,239.9 6,831.4
Occupational Diseases Rate(3) 0 0 0
Number of injuries 40 24 28
     - of which serious, where the initial prognosis is more than 40 days 0 1 0
     - of which fatal 0 0 0

(*) As required by GRI protocols, the definitions adopted are those provided for by the International Labour Organization (ILO). To aid comparison with other sources, the following notes show the figures for the same indicators calculated using alternative formulae. It was not deemed necessary to further break down the data by region, because Terna only operates in Italy.
Injury rate. The number of injuries registered and reported to the competent social security office, divided by the number of hours worked during the year, multiplied by 200,000 (corresponding to 50 working weeks x 40 hours x 100 employees).
To aid comparison with other sources, the injury rate is also calculated in accordance the UNI 7249:2007 Standard. This indicator has been calculated using a multiplication factor of 1,000,000 instead of 200,000 (thereby resulting in an injury rate 5 times the ILO injury rate). Based on this method of calculation, the injury rate is 6.4 in 2018, 4.0 in 2017 and 5.0 in 2016.
Lost day rate. The ratio of days lost due to injury to the number of hours worked during the year, multiplied by 200,000. The days lost are calendar days and are counted from the day on which the injury occurs.
To aid comparison with other sources, the lost day rate is also calculated in accordance the UNI 7249:2007 Standard. This indicator has been calculated using a multiplication factor of 1,000. Based on this method of calculation, the lost day rate is 0.17 in 2018, 0.14 in 2017 and 0.16 in 2016.
Absentee rate. The number of days of absence due to illness, strikes, injuries and leave out of the number of days worked in the same period, multiplied by 200,000. To aid comparison with other sources, this indicator has also been calculated as a percentage of days worked. Based on this method of calculation, the absentee rate is 3.5 in 2018, 3.1 in 2017 and 3.4 in 2016.
Occupational diseases rate. The total number of cases of occupational disease divided by the number of hours worked during the year, multiplied by 200,000.
(1) Calculation of the lost day rate took into account days of absence due to injuries occurring in 2017 and any cases of absence due to injuries occurring in previous years, accounting for days of absence on an accruals basis.
(2) The causes of absence taken into account do not include maternity leave, marriage leave, study leave, trade union activities, other forms of paid leave and suspensions.
(3) As in previous years, there were no cases of occupational disease among Terna’s employees in 2017. Terna’s operations do not entail the types of work, as defined by law, associated with the potential occurrence of occupational diseases. Terna’s occupational disease rate therefore remains at zero.

The overall picture of all Terna's social data is available for download here.

OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES – CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS, GRI-ILO DEFINITIONS

2018
2017
2016
Occupational injuries suffered by contractors' employees 21 9 8
     - of which serious 2 1 0
     - of which fatal 1 0 0
Injury Rate(1) 0.99 0.42 0.41

(1) The number of injuries entailing at least one day's absence from work, divided by the number of hours worked during the year, multiplied by 200,000 (corresponding to 50 working weeks x 40 hours x 100 employees). To aid comparison with other sources, this indicator has also been calculated using a multiplication factor of 1,000,000 instead of 200,000 (thereby resulting in an injury rate 5 times the ILO injury rate). Based on this method of calculation, the injury rate is 4.9 in 2018, 2.1 in 2017 and 2.0 in 2016. The figures for 2017 and 2016 differ from those published in previous reports as the method of estimating the number of hours worked by contractors’ personnel has changed.

The overall picture of all Terna's social data is available for download here.