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Structural safety and technological innovation

Technology, through innovation, can support H&S activities: from training to preventative analysis, to corrective controls.

In 2016 some safety innovation projects launched in 2015 continued and some new ones were introduced:

  • Virtual Reality 3D Simulator for Health and Safety Training: a project created in 2015 and developed in 2016 to apply virtual reality to Health & Safety training and raising worker awareness on safe behaviors through learning from mistakes; 
  • augmented reality: in 2016, several devices were introduced to remotely manage and monitor activities on worksite, in order to increase safety conditions. Through a mobile application installed on smartphone, operators can have real-time access to all the information connected to a specific activity; 
  • Man Down Detection: the project is currently experienced on contractors; it has the purpose of ensuring the safety of alone workers through the use of a digital technology equipment. This personal device monitors the worker’s movements and sends an alarm message to the control room if the worker falls to the ground or lies down for too long;
  • Active Safety at Work (ASW): it is an application which enables self-verification of the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) according to the specific activity to be undertaken; 
  • use of drones for inspections in chimneys, boilers and canals, to prevent the risks connected with direct access by workers to such places; 
  • application APP5RO execution of safety measures (Five Golden Rules) in dead working must be certified through smartphone cameras sending pictures to an Enel Server via a mobile app, ensuring their compliance (1. Completely section the plant; 2. Make sure you are not closed in and put up warning signs; 3. Verify the absence of voltage; 4. Carry out earthing and short-circuiting; 5. Delimit the work area and arrange protection for the adjacent active areas); 
  • Intrinsic Safety: project focused on using new technologies on both design and existing machinery in order to reduce exposure to risk in the workplace and/or during work activities. Project key factor is the sharing of information among H&S and Engineering units in order to define, validate and make available a method to identify the latent risks which may be hidden in a piece of machinery, system or equipment; 
  • Smart Helmet: the goal is improving the safety of workers in confined spaces through the use of a connection with a remote operator. The helmet is equipped with video-audio communication system which allows the person working in a confined space to exchange information with a remote operator. 

In Latin America contractors are also required to record the activities of their workers and to share the videos with Enel. This allows a systematic verification of the daily execution of the works, the identification of best practice, near misses and non-conformity and the exchange of feedback.

A plan to enhance safety standards of company vehicle fleet has been progressing for some years; latest upgrades include black boxes able to provide assistance and support to drivers both while driving and in emergency situations.

Reference SDGs: 
Main actionsTargets
Extra Checking on Site (ECoS) - planned120 in 2020

Global awareness-raising programs on prevention and health promotion

17 in the 2017-2020 period
Further reduction in LTIFR and LDR

Integration of safety into policies, processes and procedures

 

Dedicated initiatives to strengthen the awareness and commitment of employees and contractors to health and safety and promotion of the culture of safety

Continuous improvement of safety on-field controls and on site inspections, and investigation of all accidents and significant near misses, identifying preventive and corrective measures

Sustainability Plan 2017-2019