Safety at work

We conduct our activities in complete safety, pursuant to regulatory and compliance directives to ensure a safe and protected working environment for our operators.

The close focus on health and safety in workplaces is reflected in our Code of Ethics, our Sustainability Policy (link to "Our approach" page) and our Quality, Environment and Safety policies. A healthy work system is fuelled by a widespread culture of safety and by good practices, supported by the implementation of appropriate certified management methods.

With this in mind, we have consolidated our commitment through the continuous adoption of safety, environment and quality management systems, in line with the international reference standards.

All of our Italian plants and offices are certified in accordance with standard OHSAS 18001 - ISO 45001, covering over 90% of the Group's workforce.

We consolidate this commitment through the active promotion of the prevention of accidents for all employees, including those employed by contracting firms, and a culture of safety. In 2019 we launched an initiative aimed at employees and third-party companies with a view to identifying all of the potential risks that may lead to emergencies or damaging situations, in order to prevent or mitigate them. The initiative included activities designed to:
- raise user awareness about the importance of safe conduct during daily on-site activities;
- reinforce the habit of reporting "near misses", events which - although not resulting in damage - could have led to an accident.

In 2019 we launched the "Leadership in safety" project, aimed at promoting the adoption of behavioural leadership models focused on safety. The first phase of the project involved operating departments, conveying the information necessary to enable them to independently deliver training courses to their workers.
The project will continue to develop in the coming years, with the aim of gradually involving the entire Group to further strengthen the growth strategy while promoting health and safety.



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Safety - Data and indicators

Injuries in the workplace (NO.) Men Women Total 2019 Total 2018 Total 2017 Total 2016
Italy 1 - 1 4 4 2
Abroad 3 - 3 - 2 -
Total 4 - 4 4 6 2


Frequeccy Index Men Women Total 2019 Total 2018 Total 2017 Total 2016
Italy 1.10 - 0.89 3.61 3.53 n.d.
Abroad 31.13 - 22.41 - 20.03 n.d.
Total 3.97 - 3.17 3.25 4.87 1.74

Frequency index calculated as (no. of injuries x 1,000,000)/no. hours worked 

Severity Index  Men Women Total 2019 Total 2018 Total 2017 Total 2016
Italy 0.04 - 0.03 0.16 0.24 n.d.
Abroad 1.43 - 1.03 - 0.24 n.d.
Total 0.17 - 0.14 0,15 0.2 1.74

Severity index calculated as (no. of days lost x 1,000)/no. hours worked 

Other safety indicators Men Women Total 2019 Total 2018 Total 2017 Total 2016
Sick leave rate (%) 2.0% 2.2% 2.0% 2.2% (1)1.6% 1.9%
Working days lost due to injuries in the workplace ( no.)  175 - 175 182 300 40
Cases of occupational disease (no.) - - - - - -
Rate of occupational disease (%) - -   - - -
Work-related deaths (no.) - -   - - -

* The safety indicators do not count the "other external collaborators".
(1) Sick leave rate refers to Italian employees only (no. of days absence /workable days).

Audit HSE e Safety Walks   2019 2018 2017
Wind no. 368 237 554
Solar no. 29 33 n.a.
Hydro no. 58 87 51
Power no. 116 86 53


Third-party Company injuries e   2019 2018 2017
Third-party company injuries no. 2 2 4
Frequency index – third-party companies - Total   3.67  4.26  7.28
Frequency index – third-party companies - Italy   2.40 5.19 2.47
Frequency index – third-party companies - Abroad   7.80 - 20.67
Severity index – third-party companies - Total   0.17 0.15 0.05
Severity index – third-party companies - Italy   0.20 0.19 0.06
Severity index – third-party companies - Abroad   0.08 - 0.03

Frequency index calculated as (no. of injuries x 1,000,000)/no. hours worked
Severity index calculated as (no. of days lost x 1.000)/no. hours worked.
METHOD FOR ESTIMATING HOURS WORKED - THIRD-PARTY COMPANIES The hours worked by the employees of third-party companies have been estimated differently according to the technology involved. Hydro, Power, Wind plants Italy and Office: manual recording of the hours worked.
Wind plants abroad: estimated hours worked, given the technical impossibility of recording the presence of O&M contractors with global service agreements, is based on the assumption that one FTE can service 15 MW, multiplied by workable days (260) and by 8 hours.
Plants under construction in the UK: hours recorded according to site report.
Report sent by the company of the injured worker.

    The first initiatives concerned the reference standards and monitoring processes. In particular, in light of the new ONE Company structure, we launched a process of simplifying and harmonising all certified OHSAS 18001 procedures, consolidated over time in the various Group companies, bringing them into line with the new 2015 standard. By the end of 2020 we will replace the current certification with the new ISO 45001 standard certification.
    Monitoring the key performance indicators (KPI) is crucial for constantly stimulating the organisation towards the realisation of the "zero accident" goal. This is why the system for checking the performances with regard to safety and environment has been combined and aligned for all the Group companies through common definitions, KPI, analysis and reporting methods as well as standard criteria for handling and analysing the accidents.

    We have also enhanced the checking activities by means of a Programme of Internal Audits to be implemented, thanks to "transversal" teams, on all the company entities. In this way, we have fostered the exchange of knowledge and interaction between different operating areas and the systematic analysis of the results, thanks to which it is possible to improve the working conditions of our people while protecting our assets.
    We believe that our staff's awareness and active participation is essential for the implementation of our principles. With regard to near misses it is very important to promote a safety culture based on prevention because it helps to protect people and the environment. For this reason, we have decided to incentivise and strengthen the process used by employees and third-party companies who operate at our sites to report near misses: in fact, by closely analysing each report we can trace the causes and assess whether there are similar situations elsewhere in our plants.

    Even if our respect and monitoring of operating procedures remains high at all times, in 2018 four Italian employees suffered injuries - all of which during wind farm maintenance activities - due to behavioural issues rather than unsafe equipment or plants.

    The Group's HSE units assessed the events and took suitable action to prevent a repeat of the accidents. The analyses not only concerned the specific site of the accident but also all the areas of the plants affected so as to extend the effects of the prevention action as far as possible.
    We believe that the safety culture must not be cultivated within the Group alone, but must also be spread among external parties that come and work care of our sites. Accordingly, we have directly involved our contractors in classroom-based awareness raising activities in order to promote the safety culture and share our approach.

    We have also reviewed the company documents which regulate dealings with suppliers to emphasise the technical-documental checks on the requisites of contractors before they start work.

    Finally, we have implemented a last-minute risk analysis process which involves - when activities actually get underway and under our coordination - an additional examination of the work areas in order to confirm or adapt the risk assessment performed previously. This final moment is formalised on-site between our representatives and those of the contracting company.

Safety First 2016

Once again this year, we have organised a competition with prizes for all ERG Renew O&M people with the aim of raising everyone's awareness about issues related to health and safety at work.

Page updated at 29 Jul 2020