Placing human life above everything else, Tekfen Holding regards ensuring the health and safety of its own employees, the employees of its contractors and subcontractors, and visitors at workplaces under the company’s control as being a fundamental principle.

Tekfen Group companies make occupational health & safety (OHS) awareness a vital part of their corporate culture in order to create and maintain safe and healthy workplace environments and to constantly improve their working conditions. Efforts to achieve this are supported at the highest level.

Tekfen sets out its occupational health & safety (OHS) management principles and commitments in its Tekfen Health, Safety & Environment Policy, which it makes known to its employees and to third parties. HSE Policies

Having previously identified a Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) strategy for group companies and set out its minimum requirements, in 2019 Tekfen Holding began conducting compliance audits at its fixed facilities in Turkey that were deemed to be the most exposed to risks. During these audits, checks were made to determine the degree of compliance not only with laws and regulations but also with both Tekfen Holding and individual company HSE requirements. A “report card” issued for each plant and containing the findings of these audits is used to report the results to individual company and holding company senior management. The purpose of these audits is to provide input so that HSE practices at risky facilities and workplaces can be constantly improved year after year.

Efforts are made to constantly improve the system’s effectiveness while the adequacy of every Group company’s management systems is reviewed at least once a year by its senior executives. An OHS system that complies with the OHSAS 18001:2007. Occupational Health & Safety Management System standard are installed at all of Toros Tarım’s and Tekfen Construction’s workplaces as well as at Tekfen Manufacturing’s headquarters and Derince plant.

Placing human life above everything else, Tekfen Holding regards ensuring the health and safety of its own employees, the employees of its contractors and subcontractors, and visitors at workplaces under the company’s control as being a fundamental principle.
OHS Training

The importance and priority that Tekfen Group companies give to OHS training is informed by the need to raise the level of employees’ OHS awareness and competencies in order to achieve OHS objectives and goals. All Tekfen personnel employed at worksites that are under Tekfen Holding’s control are subject to the same OHS rules and regulations and their performance is measured in the same way. The same rules and regulations apply, without exception, to subcontractors’ employees as well. Every Tekfen employee’s OHS performance indicators are closely monitored. Subcontractor personnel receive the same OHS training that all Tekfen personnel do.

OHS Training
Guidance Books

For the business sectors in which they are active, Tekfen Group companies prepare guidebooks covering critical OHS issues that are believed to be in need of attention. In an effort to address their sectors’ lack of OHS-related safety guides, these guidebooks, which are handed out to employees and other stakeholders, have so far dealt with such matters as lifting safety, lifting and rigging safety, scaffolding safety, and off-the-job safety.

Guidance Books
Process Safety

Another crucially important issue in the conduct of industrial operations is the matter of process safety. In 2019, a “Tekfen Process Safety Model” was formulated and a “Process Safety Regulation” describing that model was published. The “HSE Culture Transformation” that was launched in 2018 also continued with no loss of momentum in 2019.

Process Safety
Tekfen Holding’s Consolidated OHS Performance Results

Tekfen Holding and Group Companies keep the proactive approach in front of the reactive approach. We analyse the leading and lagging indicators and benchmark them with national and international data to continually improve.

In 2019, a total of 77,054,705 man-hours was worked at project sites and workplaces deemed to be “Risky” or “High-Risk”. The LTIR and TRIR performance results for last year and the year before are presented below for comparison.

Metric

2019

2018

LTIR (Lost Time Injury Rate)*

0,727

0,411

TRIR (Total Recordable Incident Rate)**

1,376

0,834

 

* LTIR: The total number of lost time injuries occurring in a workplace per 1 million hours worked.

** TRIR: The total number of incidents occurring in a workplace per 1 million hours worked that require more than first-aid intervention.

During 2019, a total of five fatal work-related accidents occurred at Tekfen Group companies with operations in sectors deemed to be in the “High-Risk” category from the standpoint of occupational health and safety, all of them in the Contracting Group. In response to these accidents, an HSE Improvement Plan was devised and corrective action was taken accordingly.

As of end-2019, a total of 358 HSE and 58 health personnel were in the employ of Tekfen Group companies. These numbers do not include HSE personnel on subcontractors’ payrolls.

Tekfen Holding’s Consolidated OHS Performance Results