Health and Safety

Occupational Health and Safety Management System

Our Occupational Health and Safety Management System is designed not only to achieve zero workplace accidents, but eliminate the risk of such accidents from our workplaces. With this system, Obayashi sets policies and targets each year, and works through a Plan, Do, Check, Action (PDCA) cycle to eliminate or reduce the potential risks for workplace accidents. We also share expertise and take measures to foster an organizational culture that prioritizes safety.

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Initiatives for the Prevention of Workplace Accidents

Targets and Priority Measures

We made eliminating fatal accidents one of our targets for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, carrying out the following priority measures.

  1. Prevent occupational accidents under the leadership of the project manager
  2. Prevent accidents resulting in falls
  3. Prevent machinery accidents
  4. Increase health and safety management capabilities
  5. Promote creation of healthy work environments
  6. Prevent damage to third-parties due to accidents

Three Major Initiatives

To prevent faults in safety equipment and unsafe behavior on construction sites, we are rigorously implementing the following measures.

Initiative for Enhancing On-Site Inspections

Our employees and supplier supervisors check directly on the implementation of safety measures at worksites. Any faults are corrected on the spot.

Initiative to Encourage Calling

Under our construction site rules, workers who see someone doing something unsafe are required to verbally caution them. We strive to make an environment where people can call out each other freely.

ATKY Initiative

Our employees and others working on construction sites actively employ pointing and calling to ensure safety, inspection, and check (in Japanese, anzen, tenken, kakunin or "ATK")and hazard prediction(kiken yochi or "KY"). This method enables them to identify hazards and harmful factors before starting an operation and take proper countermeasures.

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Safety Training for Suppliers

We cooperate with the Obayashi Accident Prevention Association, which is organized by suppliers, to run activities for promoting safety.

Slinging Skills Improvement Training

Inspection and maintenance of slinging equipment

Inspection and maintenance of slinging equipment

Slinging is the operation of transporting a suspended load by attaching the hook of a crane or other lifting machine to the load using a hoisting attachment such as a wire rope.
In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, we conducted training for workers with sling operation qualifications, aiming to prevent workplace accidents caused by sling work and to improve worker's skills. The training was conducted at 16 locations throughout Japan, and around 250 workers attended.

Dispatch Training

Dispatch training DVD

Dispatch training DVD

Each construction site has its own working environment and methods. When skilled construction workers are dispatched to a construction site for the first time, the supplier conducts mental preparation for safe operations as well as health and safety measures and accident prevention activities beforehand.
We have produced a DVD for use in training dispatch workers. The DVD introduces our safety rules, such as the Three Major Initiatives for the prevention of workplace accident.

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