Initiatives in Health & Safety

Basic Health and Safety Policy

Basic Principles

Shimizu stands on the principle of respect for human life and human beings and places the highest priority on safeguarding the lives and health of our employees in all corporate activities. We have established a corporate culture that is grounded in safety and maintain a safe, comfortable work environment.


"Zero" accidents resulting in serious injury or death and zero accidents involving the public

Measures for Achieving Our Goal

  1. Shimizu operates a Construction Occupational Health and Safety Management System (COHSMS). We pursue enhancement of preventative safety measures through risk assessment and strive to reduce occupational accidents on a continual basis.
  2. We recognize the importance of both safety and production in business activities, based on our policy of safety as a top priority. We ensure safe equipment by implementing redundant safety measures and other means and work to make construction procedures readily visible, from the construction planning stage onward.
  3. We encourage suppliers and subcontractors to establish independent safety management*, actively encourage disaster prevention conferences, and clarify the respective role and responsibilities of Shimizu and our subcontractors in promoting the prevention of accidents.
  4. We recognize our responsibility as a business operator to further improve initial explanation of projects and training on job site rules to workers who are new to a job site. We work to ensure strict safety compliance among workers and eliminate accidents involving them.
  5. We make sure that managers in charge of health and safety have the knowledge and dynamism to educate employees and develop them as promoters of compliance with laws and regulations (strict compliance with company rules for safety work) and accident prevention.
  6. We have strengthened rules on working safely to eliminate exposure to dust, asbestos, and other materials that are harmful to health, and work to provide comprehensive education on preventing health hazards.

Shimizu distributes the Supplier and Subcontractor Health & Safety Management Guidelines to all suppliers and subcontractors and urges subcontractors to employ independent health and safety management.

Health & Safety Performance Data

Results, Goals, and Past Initiatives

KPI (Key Performance Indicator) FY 2014
FY 2015
FY 2016
FY 2017
LTI (lost time injury) frequency rate 0.77 0.59 0.53 0.60 or lower

The Japan Construction Occupational Safety & Health Association has granted new Construction Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (COHSMS) certification to the Nagoya Branch of Shimizu Corporation. One branch out of 14 branches

Fiscal 2016 Results

Health & Safety Results

The LTI (lost time injury) frequency rate* was 0.53, an improvement from 0.59 in FY 2015. This achieved the goal of 0.60 or below for the second consecutive year.

LIT (lost time injury) frequency rate: The number of deaths and injuries per million cumulative man-hours. Figures for all industries and for the construction industry represent accidents resulting in one or more lost work days, calculated on a calendar-year basis. Figures for Shimizu represent accidents resulting in four or more lost workdays, calculated on a fiscal-year basis.

LTI (Lost Time Injury) Frequency Rate
Fatal Accidents
Category FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
Fatal accidents involving a Shimizu employee (number of accidents) 0 0 0
Fatal accidents involving a subcontractor (number of accidents) 4 3 2

Specific Measures in Fiscal 2017

Re-dedicating ourselves to back-to-basic safety management

Work plans tailored to actual conditions are created for work designated as hazardous by a division. The work procedures and safety points are communicated to all workers, including frontline workers, and the PDCA cycle is employed to achieve continuous improvement.

4 Key measures

  • To eliminate accidents involving falls, exhaustive steps are taken to mitigate risks and ensure a safe job site. The use of safety belts is strictly enforced.
  • To eliminate accidents involving heavy machinery and cranes, exhaustive steps are taken to prevent cranes and heavy machinery with three-point support from falling, and to prevent contact with and runaway incidents for vehicle-type construction machinery.
  • To eliminate accidents involving the collapse or falling of heavy objects, strict work procedures are implemented after confirming stability when handling heavy objects such as steel frame and pre-cast concrete.
  • To eliminate accidents involving fire and infrastructure damage, continuous efforts are made to employ construction methods that don't use fire and to visualize infrastructure.

Operating System (Responsibility and Management Resources)

Safety Committee

Shimizu has established a Safety Committee based on internal rules. The purpose of the committee is to formulate plans and debate matters concerning health and safety in the company and measures to prevent recurrence of serious disasters and accidents.
The president appoints committee members from among directors and heads of the relevant divisions and appoints a committee chair from among the members.

Company-wide Health & Safety Committee

Shimizu has established a company-wide Health & Safety Committee based on internal rules. The purpose of the committee is to provide committee oversight under the Industrial Safety and Health Act and debate matters concerning health and safety management and employee health management, among other tasks.
The committee chair shall be the company president or vice president, or the head of the Safety Administration & Environment Division. Committee members shall include both company and union representatives, and both shall participate in committee meetings.

Training on Health & Safety

Shimizu provides basic education by experience level to provide employees with the basic knowledge they need to perform their work, based on the number of years they have been with the company, their job functions, and other factors.
The table below shows the number of participants in each level of training in fiscal 2016.

Type of Training Eligible Employees Number of Participants
Entry-level training for new employees (new hires) New employees 268
Basic safety training 2nd & 3rd year employees 138
Practical safety training 4th-5th year employees 75
Supervisor training 6th-7th year employees 128
Course on Managing Safety and Environment 8th-10th year employees 74

Skills improvement training is provided to supplement basic training.
The table below shows the number of participants in the training in fiscal 2016.

Type of Training Eligible Employees Number of Participants
Training for Construction Managers and Assistant Construction Managers 8th year + employees 1,316

Accident Analysis

The following procedures are followed when responding to on-the-job accidents:

  1. Provide information to the relevant people through the accident reporting system.
  2. Perform an investigation of the accident and include safety staff in the investigation.
  3. Formulate plans for and implement corrective measures to prevent recurrence of similar accidents based on the investigation and analysis.
  4. Roll out measures internally, across the organization when necessary.
  5. Accumulate accident data for use of risk assessments, etc. and prepare safety-related statistics.
Accidents by Type (requiring four or more days off work)
Falls accounted for the most accidents, followed by entrapment, and flying/falling objects.
High-priority steps taken to eliminate accidents caused by falls resulted in a decline in the number of such accidents from 26 to 14.

Risk Assessment

A risk assessment is performed to assess past accidents for frequency and severity. High-risk construction work is designated as hazardous work company-wide and is subject to concentrated management.
Each branch also designates hazardous work and concentrates on management in accordance with the company-wide standards.
We are also working to mitigate risks and prevent accidents by employing the PDCA cycle, based on COHSMS (Construction Occupational Health & Safety Management System).

Mechanism for Handling Complaints

The link for complaints regarding health and safety is listed below.

Safety Patrols by President Inoue

President Inoue performs job site safety patrols every year during National Safety Week and National Industrial Health & Safety Week.

In his morning greeting for the job site safety patrol in fiscal 2017, President Inoue said, "I would like everyone to once again reflect on the words 'Nothing can be built without safety.' It means that quality and safety are inseparable. Please encourage each other to observe the rules."

President Inoue on safety patrol
President Inoue on safety patrol
President Inoue delivering the morning greeting
President Inoue delivering the morning greeting

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