Hitachi Construction Machinery


Occupational Safety and Health

Basic stance and promotion system

We are promoting various health and safety activities that are derived from our basic stance of giving the highest priority to protecting the safety and health of employees.

The Occupational Health and Safety Promotion Committee is held every year. The committee undertakes various initiatives, including sharing information on work-related accidents with group companies, issue reports on activities, and create health and safety plans.

In addition, the committee sets up subcommittees, trains employees to be in charge of promotion occupational safety and health activities, conducts technical reviews and mutual inspection tours. The committee also assists in the establishment of management systems at each Hitachi Construction Machinery Group companies and for acquisition of certification.

HCM and each of its Group companies have established their in-house Safety and Health Committee. These committees regularly hold discussions on information sharing and measures regarding occupational accidents and health and safety, and measures against serious incidents. HCM’s Safety and Health committee comprises members including a representative from the company’s labor union. This ensures that initiatives are carried out in a concerted effort involving both labor and management.

Thus far, things like the president’s messages have ranked health and safety as important administrative points. As well as ensuring all staff consistently place safety first, beginning in FY 2019 we have required that the process for formulating and approving fundamental policies include reporting to the executive committee. In this way, we are striving to strengthen communication with management.

Policies and key measures in FY2019

1. Basic philosophy: “Preservation of safety and health should always come first”

2. Policy: All employees shall create safe, healthy, cheerful and comfortable workplaces through the elimination of all occupational accidents with a strong conviction that “all occupational accidents can be prevented”

3. Promotion for Eliminating Occupational Accidents (For the Entire Group)

(1) Achieve intrinsic safety

  • Each organization shall take the main role to implement safety activities and thoroughly eliminate sources of hazards with the participation of all employees.
  • Make a plan with priority given to the investment necessary to ensure safety for the intrinsic safety of machines and facilities. Clarify the deadlines and responsibilities for that. Upon that, reliably take measures to prevent occupational accidents.

(2) Rebuild a safety culture

  • Understand the outstanding safety culture of DuPont and deploy activities to reform awareness in the organization.
  • Establish a Safety Day (every month) to ensure a thorough awareness that safety and health activities have top priority.
  • Systematically develop and reinforce safety and health training. Provide this training in a planned manner with consideration also given to the diversification of language.

(3) Implement safety and health activities with those at the top of the organization taking the initiative and displaying leadership

  • Strongly implement safety guidance given to inexperienced workers, safety activities with consideration for intercultural communication and the elimination of unsafe behaviors. All employees should then create an environment in which it is possible to work safely under the strong leadership of the top management.

Establishment of an occupational safety and health system and corresponding activities

The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group has promoted and supported the establishment of safety and health management systems, as well as activities aimed at acquiring OHSAS18001 certification at all its domestic and overseas group companies.

In the future, we will receive ISO 45001 issued in 2018 and plan to work on a common theme throughout the group to promote plans for acquiring certification.The occupational safety and health management system is an important mechanism for preventing occupational accidents by identifying the source of danger through risk assessment. It is our goal to further strengthen the foundation of our business by implementing effective risk control.

Sites scheduled to acquire ISO 45001 certification

Hitachi construction machinery Co., Ltd. (Tsuchiura Works, Kasumigaura Works, Hitachinaka Works, Hitachinaka-Rinko Works,Banshu Works, Ryugasaki Works)
Hitachi Construction Machinery Camino Co., Ltd.
Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd.
Tadakiko Co., Ltd
Overseas: Manufacturing Companies and Sales & Service Companies

Establishing a culture of occupational safety

We believe that the fundamental basis for safety and health activities is to genuinely promote occupational safety and health training and conduct field inspections.

We are implementing safety training, mainly for leaders that are in the position of offering guidance to protect inexperienced employees from work-related injuries and accidents. We are also promoting training for employees at our manufacturing sites as well as employees dealing with indirect operations. This simulation-based training enables employees to understand the importance of being able to predict danger.

In addition, in 2019, we will develop new activities based on DuPont’s safety diagnostic program.

Incidence of work-related accidents

There were 29 work-related accidents that occurred at Hitachi Construction Machinery in fiscal 2018, which marked an decrease of 16 compared to the previous year. More than 70% of these accidents still involved newer workers with fewer years of experience. As a result, we are carrying out emergency measures to review work procedures and improve safety patrols, among other solutions. There were 55 work-related accidents at our Group companies in Japan, and of these 30 occurred in manufacturing divisions (up 10 over the previous year) and 25 in sales and services divisions (down 6 from the previous year).

Every day we are working diligently to ensure the safety of our employees, with safety the top priority under our basic philosophy of “prioritizing health and safety in every aspect of our work.” However, we must now return to the basics to focus on further utilizing our occupational health and safety management system and reinforcing preventive safety based on risk assessments. At the same time, we will faithfully also implement safety measures taking into account past accidents as well as work to thoroughly eliminate the potential for accidents. The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group stands committed to raising the bar of its health and safety activities by carrying out health and safety audits globally, including at our subsidiaries outside of Japan.

Frequency of lost-time-incidents (frequency rate)

Initiatives to prevent work-related injuries―Safety and health presentations

The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group shares the achievements of the safety and health activities carried out by Hitachi Construction Machinery and its domestic group companies. The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group Safety and Health presentation is held once a year for the purpose of utilizing the activities conducted by the group.

In July of FY2018, based on labor and management participation, we held a presentation, which including innovative safety activities at domestic group business sites and research results on alleviating workload.

Initiatives for health and productivity management

The HCM Group is promoting initiatives for health and productivity management to contribute to measures for the mental and physical health of employees and their families and for prolonging the healthy years of workers’ lives. We believe that creating a healthy and comfortable environment that boosts work productivity and assists in health maintenance and advancement and where employees can contribute fully their skills is an important theme for management to address. In October 2017, we released a declaration on health and productivity management issued in the President’s name.

Health and productivity constitutes the very foundation of our recent initiatives for work style reform and work-life management. We focus on making employees’ work a healthy and comfortable everyday occurrence.

In FY2018, a working group of the safety and health committee took the lead in organizing the walking seminar (February 2018), inviting outside speakers to attend this event that incorporates the ideas and views of employees. In addition, a group walk was held (January to March 2019) in which departments formed teams that competed against one another in terms of the number of steps taken during a pre-determined period. We will continue to promote initiatives to prevent lifestyle diseases and for stopping smoking together with our Health Insurance Association as part of our ongoing actions to reinforce and promote activities for health and productivity management, such as strengthening efforts to achieve full smoking cessation, and strengthen and promote specific activities in health management to go.

In February 2019, HCM and Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra were recognized for two consecutive years as under the 2019 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program – White 500 (large enterprises segment) implemented by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Nippon Kenko Kaigi.

“Health and productivity management” is a registered trademark of the Workshop for the Management of Health on Company and Employee.

Health and productivity management promotion members of Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra

Addressing mental health

Recognizing the importance of mental health care, the HCM Group continues to carry out activities focused on four aspects of care based on the guidelines published by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. We have conducted stress checks annually from before they were required by law. These checks have enabled us to raise awareness among employees about stress, create a comfortable work environment, and promote the use of hotlines staffed by professional counselors. In FY2018, stress checks were performed in November, with approximately 10,000 employees across the HCM Group in Japan receiving one. Stress checks represent an important initiative linked with our health maintenance and advancement measures and deeply correlated with measures to prevent overwork and provide appropriate solutions and guidance by physicians.

Additionally, we strive to carry out activities with an eye on both employees and their families, including self-care training targeting all employees, line-care training for managers including discussions on improving the workplace, support for employees returning from leave, and health counseling support, including for families, through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Our employees represent an irreplaceable asset. Going forward, we will aim to become a company where all of its employees can work in a healthier and more comfortable environment, and we will strive to improve the overall quality of industrial health, including mental health care.

Manager’s workshop based on stress check results

Learning materials handed out during self-care training

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