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, 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 FY2020

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

  • Make a plan with priority given to the investment necessary to ensure safety for the intrinsic safety of machines and facilities. In addition, follow-up on disaster prevention measures will be strengthened and implemented reliably.

(2) Rebuild a safety culture

  • The management supervisor thoroughly checks whether safety is the top priority for management, and uses PDCA to prevent the recurrence of disasters and accidents and reduce the workload.
  • Understand DuPont’s excellent safety culture and aim for “style of mutual enlightenment” safety activities.

(3)Safety and health activities with all menber participation by strong leadership from the top of the organization

  • Each organization will take the lead in carrying out safety activities with the participation of all employees under a strong leadership.
  • Develop truly effective health and safety activities based on good communication in the workplace.
  • Review safety and health education from the viewpoint of the participants, strengthen the education system and promote awareness reform.

Establishment of an occupational safety and health system and corresponding activities

The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group has established an occupational safety and health management system at all Group companies in Japan and overseas, and is promoting and supporting activities aimed at obtaining international standard certification. We continue to systematically promote the acquisition of ISO45001 standard certification as a common theme for the Group.

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.

Planned to acquire certification
Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd. (by the end of FY 2020)
SHINTOHOKUMETAL CO., LTD. (by the end of FY 2020)
Tadakiko Co., Ltd. (by the end of FY 2020)
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, from FY 2019, we are developing activities based on DuPont’s safety diagnosis program in order to incorporate an excellent safety culture.

Incidence of work-related accidents

The number of occupational accidents at Hitachi Construction Machinery in FY 2019 was 24, a decrease of 5 from 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 45 work-related accidents at our Group companies in Japan, and of these 23 occurred in manufacturing divisions (down 7 over the previous year) and 22 in sales and services divisions (down 3 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.

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 FY 2019, 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 FY 2019, a subcommittee of the Safety and Health Committee took the lead in incorporating the ideas and opinions of employees and invited an outside instructor to hold a “Let’s stretch your back at a chair yoga seminar” (February). In addition, a group walk was held (January to March 2020) 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 March 2020, Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra were recognized for three consecutive years as under the 2020 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. Going forward, we will continue to promote activities toward accreditation as a “Health Management Brand” and a “Health Management Superior Corporation”.

“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. In FY 2019, we held a total of 60 line care trainings for managers related to harassment prevention. For this training, we tried to make it easier for the trainees to understand, such as using the World Cafe method, and consider communication between the participants. 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 FY 2019, 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).

Going forward, we aim to be a company in which human resources, which are irreplaceable for a company, can fully demonstrate their abilities and work in a healthier and more comfortable manner. To that end, we will work to improve the quality of occupational health in general, while being aware of work style reforms and improving employee satisfaction.

Holding line care training

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