Is Australia safe to work

Occupational health and safety

Employees, contractual partners, subcontractors, building owner representatives and neighbors should be protected against accidents and health impairments on construction sites of the SWIETELSKY group according to the highest possible standards. Your safety is a top priority for the company. Regardless of the different legal framework conditions in our various markets, great importance is attached to our safety standards.

Aside from human tragedies resulting from occupational accidents, health problems, and stress-related absences, the company's reputation and competitiveness can also be adversely affected. Failure to comply with occupational safety standards can result in legal and financial penalties as well as bureaucratic effort, even without specific consequences, which must be avoided in any case.

It is indisputable that construction activity involves an increased risk of accidents compared to other branches of industry due to the use of heavy equipment and physical stress. Regardless of the division or country, the topic is relevant for all parts of the group.

Risks arise, for example, from the risk of falling when working at great heights or from extreme weather conditions to which workers are occasionally exposed. In tunnel construction and railway construction, occupational safety has always been of great importance due to the special dangers involved. Not the frequency, but the severity of accidents at work is traditionally greater in these sectors. The legal requirements in the various group countries, particularly in the United Kingdom and Australia, are correspondingly extensive and varied. In Northern European countries in particular, occupational safety issues are also regulated as requirements in the award procedure and are therefore gaining in importance.

Read more about occupational health and safety at SWIETELSKY and the subject areas in our sustainability report

  1. Organizational anchoring, pages 66 - 68
  2. Key figures and monitoring, page 68
  3. Our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals, page 71