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Cooperating for Everyone’s Safety During the Urban Transformations

Thanks to its Safety First efforts, LKAB has raised safety awareness throughout the Group – in every employee, at every workplace, every day of the year.

Thanks to its Safety First efforts, LKAB has raised safety awareness throughout the Group – in every employee, at every workplace, every day of the year. We don’t just prioritize safety in the mine and inside the industrial area’s gates; safety first is just as important in LKAB’s projects out  in the community.

Because relocating parts of a community is an unusual activity for a mining company and no urban transformation projects are alike, LKAB often finds itself in new situations. New construction, decommissioning, decontamination, reconstruction and replacement items, to name a few.

“It is of the utmost importance that we also apply systematic safety efforts in our community projects, and not just inside the industrial area fence. We seek to combine LKAB’s safety work with our contractors’ working methods to achieve safe, well-functioning contract works,” says Kent Nilsson Sarri, Construction Manager in LKAB’s project department.

Safety work is prioritized throughout the community in connection with the urban transformation LKAB is preparing for in Kiruna and Gällivare Municipalities. Together with its customers, sub contractors and suppliers, LKAB will work to ensure that all urban transformation projects are characterized by the same safety culture that distinguishes the Group as a whole.
“The majority of all accidents are the result of human factors such as stress and carelessness. Safety thinking should be second nature and everyone should work in such a way that health and the environment are not harmed at work or in the home,” says Malin Fors, Quality, Environment and Work Environment Coordinator at LKAB.

As the principal construction contractor, LKAB is responsible for ensuring that everyone works safely. Systematic quality, environmental and work environment management makes clear for all involved what must be prioritized and improved.
“The challenges we encounter in projects in the community include fenced-off areas, questions from the general public, affected car parks and noise. Teamwork is also important as regards water and sewage, district heating, electricity, cable and TV signals and fencing off areas. LKAB and the municipality need to keep track of what has been fenced off and by whom,” says Kent Nilsson Sarri, Construction Manager in LKAB’s project department.

In recent years the number of workplace accidents has more than halved. Our goal is a zero vision with entirely injury-free workplaces. Achieving our worthy goals demands that we all show commitment, concern for each other and responsibility for how we act at work.