Safety Day drives home the Road Traffic Safety message
The fourth annual Global Safety Day took place on March 15th, 2018 at Wärtsilä locations all around the world. Employees spent the day learning about road traffic safety, the importance of being aware of the risks, and helping others to make safe choices when travelling by road.
Whether people are on the move by car, bicycle, public transport or otherwise, road traffic safety is something that touches everyone. While commuting to work, going to the grocery store, or even taking a leisurely stroll, moving from one location to another is an activity with hazards and risks.
Road traffic safety was selected as the theme because of the relatively high number of transport-related accidents that have occurred in Wärtsilä operations. Two life-saving rules at Wärtsilä relate to traffic safety, namely using seatbelts at all times and complying with road safety rules. This theme concerns everyone at Wärtsilä, regardless of where they are located – road traffic safety is something that employees must be aware of every day.
Global guidelines were provided from Wärtsilä headquarters with alternatives proposed for different activities that could be executed locally. These included, for example, driving simulators, bicycle obstacle courses, or giving awards to safe drivers. Naturally, cake and candies with Safety Day branding were also made available to staff for their local events.
The main objective for Safety Day was to raise awareness regarding road traffic safety, and to promote safe travel on roads and highways at all Wärtsilä locations. The campaign was made personal by recalling accidents that had happened to Wärtsilä employees, as told by survivors via video interviews and field stories. This helped to make the day powerful for everyone involved.
Alongside the videos, information packages were provided to inspire discussions on Safety Day. These focused on wide-ranging topics, from raising awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence, speeding and the removal of distractions (such as mobile phones), to the importance of using seatbelts and obeying traffic laws.
Around the world, Wärtsilä employees were given the freedom to decide locally how to spend the day. Staff were encouraged to capture the event in pictures, and with hundreds of images coming in, it was clear the day had been a success.
By reserving time to focus on the importance of road traffic safety, and in truly driving the safety messages home, careless accidents can be avoided. Now in its fourth year, Safety Day proved once again that there has been a general decrease in the number of accidents and incidents following these local events held with employees.
Wärtsilä is working throughout the year to improve the working conditions in all its operations, and to ensure that its employees are safe. Safety requires continuous effort; and every day should be considered as being a Safety Day.