Sustainability at work – 2014 Report

H&S performance

Health & Safety - Performance

To be a partner and employer of choice, we need to safeguard the health and safety of the people who work for and with us. Our goal at SNC-Lavalin is zero injuries and incidents. Over the past two years, we’ve made significant strides toward achieving this goal.

Last year, we reduced the total number of recordable incidents by 25% and lost-time injuries by 23% compared to 2013. August was our first zero lost-time workday month across the company in three years.

In 2014, we had no occupational H&S violation that resulted in a fine, penalty or warning.

Employee well-being

As we have yet to implement a company-wide health program, initiatives in this area currently tend to be more regional and local in nature. For example, during North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week in 2014, our offices in Canada and the US ran several well-being events and programs. They included a smoothie bike ride, health walks and lunch-and-learn conferences on sleep management, colorectal cancer, fatigue management and other health-related topics.

2008-2014 Safety Performance


Monitoring and tracking

We continuously monitor the location and type of injuries, reporting on them monthly using our live performance dashboard. This allows us to ensure that our policy, programs and standard operating procedures are adequately protecting employees.  

Live Performance Dashboard



Injuries in 2014

Hand 39%; Leg 17%; Head 16%; Foot 12%; Back 8%; Arm 7%; Eye 1%

All Incidents in 2014 (Critical Risk Control Protocols Breakdown)

Vehicles 27%; Working at Height 20%; Lifting 14%; De-energization 14%; Other 9%; Equipment safeguarding 8%; Hazardous materials 4%; Excavations 2%; Confined space 2%

Addressing challenges

Our significant year-over-year H&S performance improvements were overshadowed for us by a fatality at one of our project construction sites in June 2014. One of our employees was involved in a fatal vehicle collision that, we believe, could have been avoided.

To prevent the recurrence of similar tragedies, we communicated the lessons learned from this unfortunate incident to all our staff and contractors. We also added a new leading indicator in 2015. It requires mandatory driver safety training for all employees driving company vehicles or more than 400 kilometres per year at work.  

In the first quarter of 2015, over 2,000 employees took this important driver training course in the language of their choice. We know that fully equipping and training our employees is imperative to ensuring their safety at work.