Employee safety reflects on managerial standards, social and corporate responsibility and internal organisational values. Set up by Wärtsilä's Board of Management in April 2008, the Zero Injury Project has the long-term goal of driving down the trend of work-related injuries, ensuring safe, efficient working environments and an enhanced public image for the company at large.
Wärtsilä Propulsion (Wuxi) Co. Ltd has experienced an outstanding evolution during the few last years in terms of safety, quality and delivery reliability. Wuxi went from 2008's twenty lost time injuries (LTI) to one single incident during the whole of 2011. In early 2012, they became Wärtsilä's first factory in China to achieve zero LTI during one complete year, and went on to reach 500 days without injury.
Wuxi personnel's commitment and mindset change have been vital for this achievement. An authentic "Safety First" policy has been instituted, where top management actively participates in weekly audits and rounds in the factory, aiming to ensure that corporate culture, such as safe operations and values, are visible in the factory.
In September, Wärtsilä Norway's manufacturing site in Stord, Norway, responsible for manufacturing and delivery of electrical and automation products for marine vessels, offshore FPSOs and drilling units, exceeded 1,500 days without LTIs. This is an excellent achievement within our industry and, again, a new record for a factory within Wärtsilä Norway.
The company also has a highly developed reporting system where employees report unwanted incidents and potential dangers through the intranet, forms or an app which the company has developed for this purpose.
Finally, later in the year, the Quisqueya site in the Dominican Republic, where twin power plants are being constructed, celebrated a major safety milestone: one million hours of work without a single LTI. An event in recognition of the achievement was held at the site for all employees in December 2012.
As a sign of their reinvigorated safety culture, the other premises concerned have also celebrated their success amongst all personnel, viewing positive enforcement as an important part of safety management. The success stories have been shared throughout the whole Wärtsilä organisation, to show employees across the board that Zero is indeed possible, as a result of hard work.