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, mutual inspection tours and check the status of compliance with relevant laws and regulations. The committee also assists in the establishment of management systems at each Hitachi Construction Machinery Group companies and for acquisition of certification.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Group has 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. Our 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 FY2021

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.
  • Aim at rebuilding the culture of safety activities of “mutual enlightenment type” mainly based on business establishments.

(3) Safety and health activities with all member 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

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.
Tadakiko Co., Ltd.
Hitachi Construction Machinery Japan Co., Ltd. (head office and Tokyo Service Plant)

Planned to acquire certification
Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra 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, 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 2020 was 11, a decrease of 13 from the previous year. Although the number of disasters has declined, “zero occupational accidents” are not yet achieved, and we are actively promoting reinforcement of our education system, which is the basic safety of our company, and reviewing the safety and health education system and expanding the quality of our training facilities (Safety Training Center) in the factory. There were 35 work-related accidents at our Group companies in Japan, and of these 21 occurred in manufacturing divisions (down 2 over the previous year) and 14 in sales and services divisions (down 8 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.” In order to enable the PDCA system to function in the management of safety, we will focus on the use of occupational safety and health management systems, visualization of hazards based on risk assessments, and strengthening investments in a systematic and secure manner. 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. 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

Hitachi Construction Machinery Group shares the achievements of the safety and health activities carried out by Hitachi Construction Machinery and its domestic group companies. 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 FY 2020, under the circumstances of COVD-19 infection countermeasures, we connected the companies remotely and held the presentation in February under the participation of labor and management.

Initiatives for health and productivity management ― Attention to the happiness of working people

Hitachi Construction Machinery 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.

In FY 2020, we implemented “group walking,” which was held by 201 participants (compared to the previous year + 44). In addition, we will continue to strengthen and promote specific activities in health management, such as improving the implementation rate of specific health guidance and strengthening our efforts to achieve smoking cessation, which is our problem, by cooperating with the health Insurance Society to prevent lifestyle-related diseases and smoking cessation treatments.

We aim to be a company where employees can fully demonstrate their performance, increase labor productivity, and work in a healthy and lively workplace. We believe that health management is an important theme of management. 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 initiatives for work style reform, work-life management and post-Corona. We focus on making employees’ work a healthy and comfortable everyday occurrence. In order to enhance the creativity of the Organization in the future, we aim to realize every day that we can focus on the happiness of our employees and work brightly and positively.

In March 2021, Hitachi Construction Machinery was certified as a “Health Management Excellence Corporation” from the Nippon Kenko Kaigi in fiscal year 2021.

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

Mark of large-scale Superior Corporation

Addressing mental health

Recognizing the importance of mental health care, Hitachi Construction Machinery Group continues to carry out activities focused on four aspects of care based on the guidelines published by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. In FY 2019 to FY 2020, we held a 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 2020, stress checks were performed in November, with approximately 10,000 employees across Hitachi Construction Machinery Group in Japan receiving one. Stress checks represent an important initiative that leads to employee awareness of stress and is deeply related to excessive labor prevention measures and appropriate medical measures and guidance, and is one of the important foundations for protecting the health of the mind and body of employees.

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.

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