Occupational Health and Safety at Domestic Construction Sites

Sumitomo Forestry prioritizes occupational health and safety above all else on housing construction sites. Therefore, we raise awareness about occupational health and safety information and important items about safety in employees of the Sumitomo Forestry Group and also every worker involved with Sumitomo Forestry Home houses, such as on-site construction contractors.

At the beginning of every fiscal year, the Divisional Manager of the Housing and Construction Division formulates an Occupation Health and Safety Policy to provide notification based on circumstances such as the accidents that occurred in the previous period, the state of occupational health and safety promotion as well as compliance with relevant laws. In addition, permeating a safety culture has been designated as a basic policy, and we are working to achieve this in primarily three ways; compliance with the law, promotion of occupation health and safety education and eradication of occupational injuries.

Always raising awareness toward the recognition of safety first permeates this safety culture. Offices, branches and building contractors set important management targets for the fiscal year to eliminate five-types of major accidents; falls, accidents with tools, things tipping over, accidents with heavy machines and heat strokes.

Safety check at construction site

Safety check at construction site

Occupational Health and Safety System for Housing and Construction Business Sites

Occupational Health and Safety System for Housing and Construction Business Sites

Occupational Injuries of Contractors on Housing Construction Sites

FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020*1
Number of occupational injuries*2 12 9 7 11 8
Lost-time injury frequency rate*3 3.35 2.31 2.79 4.13*4 5.12
Work-related illness frequency rate 0 0 0 0 0

*1 The period for FY2020 results is from January 1 to December 31, 2020

*2 The number of work-related accidents resulting in payment of compensation benefits for absence from work in accordance with the Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Act is disclosed

*3 Lost-time injury frequency rate = Number of occupational fatalities or injuries resulting in an absence from work of at least one day ÷ Total number of working hours × 1,000,000

*4 Due to an error in the number of occupational accidents in the internal survey, the figures for fiscal 2019 have been revised retroactively

Training Designed to Improve Awareness for Occupational Health and Safety

Based on the results of the monthly health and safety patrols and work site surveys, the Housing and Construction Division and each branch organize training programs with specific cases related to health and safety, targeting the OHS managers, as well as the leaders (subcontractors) in each job category on construction sites.

In addition, special education is provided for securing safety of work using the fall prevention equipment (full harness safety belts) which will be made mandatory in January 2022 as well as during use of circular saws, grinders* and other electric tools which are susceptible to accidents due to misuse despite being simple and easy to use.

* Operation with an electric tool to cut by rotating a grinding stone

Special Circular Saw Education

Special Circular Saw Education

Preventive Measures for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Sumitomo Forestry formulated on-site guidelines to combat the COVID-19 as one measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in an effort to maintain an environment where employees can continue to work on-site. In addition, we created posters indicating points to check before entering sites such as sanitizing hands and poster indicating specific measures to prevent spread of infections such as always wearing masks during work and always keeping windows open for ventilation when indoors, and posted them on site to always raise the awareness of everyone involved about these guidelines.

Preventive Measures for COVID-19

  1. Provisions of soap, hand sanitizer, masks and other necessities on site
  2. Strict guidelines such as hand washing, gargling, and wearing masks for coughing
  3. Ventilation and masks when working with multiple people in a department or on a site open to customers
    Close attention to ventilation to bring in fresh air, especially during internal operations
    Adjustments to internal work processes when unable to open a window for ventilation, such as external spray work.

The posters for call for attention

The posters for call for attention

Together with Construction Contractors

Sumitomo Forestry publishes monthly Safety, Environment and Quality Inspection Department Information that includes information and topics about occupational health and safety as well as the environment to help prevent accidents and avoid risks by repeatedly raising awareness at branches and construction contractors.

Safety Training for Construction Contractors

Sumitomo Forestry conducts safety training throughout Japan by visiting building and demolition contractors throughout Japan. Thus far, we have held 826 special education courses (Article 59.3 of the Industrial Safety and Health Act) with a total of 29,638 trainees. Directly instructing the people working on-site advances our initiatives toward on-site safety and the environment by building understand about instructions from our company such as permeating a safety culture.

Education for Construction Contractors

Sumitomo Forestry holds monthly health and occupation councils at branches for the purpose of preventing occupational accidents by promoting health and safety. On-site health and safety patrols help bring awareness about safety to construction contractors and provides advice to enhance knowledge, such as confirming the state of sites and improving guidance.

The District Safety Improvement Committee launched in fiscal 2018 is advancing system development to raising awareness and verify policies and measures in divisions related to safety by strengthening links with offices, divisions, and branches.

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Occupational Health and Safety at Overseas Housing Construction Sites

Overseas Occupational Health and Safety Management System

Henley Properties is developing businesses across four states of Australia—Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, and South Australia—while placing particular emphasis on worker safety management. Under the company-wide safety management policies, Henley Properties builds the highest level of safety management system that includes drafting annual safety management policies and targets, conducting risks assessments of each site (evaluating danger and planning measures to mitigate those risks), providing on-site managers and employees with safety management training, understanding the safety management capabilities of partner companies, and ensuring thorough reports on any accidents that do occur. In addition, the Company also acquired the ISO 45001 certification, an international occupational health and safety standard, in April 2019.

Additionally, Wisdom Properties Group, a business operator in New South Wales, has established an occupational health and safety management system. The Company has also acquired the AS4801 certification, an Australian occupational health and safety standard. The Company has built a safe work environment for its employees through preventative measures to protect the health and safety of workers.

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