For years now, Bouygues TP has been managing the Health & Safety policy using a statistical model that is well known in the industry: the Bird pyramid. What does this pyramid tell us? That we must reduce the frequency of accidents, however severe they are and even though they are minor in most cases, in order to avoid serious accidents. And yet, we note that severe or even fatal accidents occur on sites where the frequency rate was, nevertheless, low. Although most accidents are fortunately, not severe, some have in them the seeds of more dramatic consequences. These are known as HiPo (high-potential) serious situations. The prevention of major risks consists of analysing and preventing all of these seeds – all of these human, technical or organisational factors that might generate serious accidents, or be likely to do so. This is a fundamental turning point in our Health & Safety policy.
The General Management Committee wanted Safety Day to be an opportunity for our staff to have their say in order to map our “safety culture”. It was a big challenge: more than 10,000 Bouygues Travaux Publics staff, as well as our partners and subcontractors, answered a specially drawn up questionnaire that will enable us to identify how we can leverage change or what is hindering it. For this demanding and ambitious initiative, we called upon the services of recognised experts in the industrial sector in order to benefit from their wide-ranging experience. The ultimate objective of this initiative is to go from a managerial safety culture, decided on “up there”, to a shared safety culture. So, as you will have guessed, the objective is to encourage everybody to take safety matters on board, from the management to those who work on the sites, which is conveyed in our slogan “How committed are we?“. The key to our success is commitment, empowerment and mobilising all the players in the company.
2019 has been heavily devoted to the structuring of the Health & Safety professional network (a.k.a. P2S). This was necessary for the professionalisation of the speciality and to ensure the durability of our actions over time. There are now 216 members of staff – clearly identified within the Civil Works Division – who back the operational staff with regards to the challenges of Health & Safety. Next year, we will be working on strengthening the professional network by drawing up a skills database and a special training plan. Another area in need of significant improvement is that of reporting. Following an exhaustive audit, we have drawn up a single set of rules for the consolidation of our data. Throughout the world, our “calculator” is now configured in the same way. Lastly, from a more operational point of view, by the end of the year we will have strengthened our measures combating drug and alcohol addiction.