Basic Policy

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

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Occupational Health and Safety on Construction Sites

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 Business Sites

Occupational Health and Safety System for Housing Business Sites

Occupational Injuries of Contractors on Housing Construction Sites

FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Number of occupational injuries*1About symbol for Independent assurance 6 12 9 7 11
Lost-time injury frequency rate*2About symbol for Independent assurance 2.23 3.35 2.31 2.79 3.93
Work-related illness frequency rate 0 0 0 0 0

*1 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.

*2 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

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 promoting health and safety, targeting the OHS managers, as well as the leaders (subcontractors) in each job category on construction sites.

In addition, training is designed for maintaining safety such as when workers use grinders*, which are fraught with great hazard, and when they work with circular saws, 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

Training for circular saw work

Training for circular saw work

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Together with Construction Contractors

Sumitomo Forestry publishes monthly safety and environment information that includes information and topics about safety and 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. 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 construction 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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Sustainability Report