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Bouygues spearheads French site safety drive

10 Nov 11 Bouygues Entreprises France-Europe has signed an agreement with three leading temporary employment companies to improve safety for their personnel working on construction sites.

The agreement with Adecco Group, Domitis Network and Randstad is aimed at reducing the number of accidents and striving to achieve ‘zero accidents’. It is the first such agreement in the construction sector in France.

The partnership enables the three companies to be closely associated in a series of safety initiatives. Over the next three years, a large number of temporary employees will be trained by their companies in workplace first aid. Bouygues said that it has been proved that those who receive such training are involved in fewer accidents than other employees.

In addition, approximately 800 temporary workers will attend a training module dedicated to the basics of safety in the construction industry. The module is inspired by a compulsory site training programme devised by Bouygues Entreprises France-Europe. As a priority it will be provided for temporary workers aged under 25 and/or with less than two years’ experience of the profession. In implementing this training scheme, the temporary employment companies will collaborate with Apave.

In parallel, every temporary employee will be routinely presented with Bouygues’ anti-addiction policy before being sent to the construction site.

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The signatories will carry out a review on a quarterly basis to evaluate the tangible consequences of the agreement.

Ultimately, Bouygues Construction hopes to extend this approach across France. The global safety management system in place throughout the group has been certified OHSAS 18001(2) for more than 80% of its business.

Bouygues Construction subsidiaries regularly conduct awareness campaigns on the topic of safety. The involvement of employees in these initiatives has resulted in a lowering in the level of risk over five years. The accident frequency rate has fallen from 11.97 in 2005 to 6.14 in 2010, compared to 48.1 for the construction sector in 2009, according to the French National Health & Safety Institute.

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