We want every person who works for us, or with us, to go home safely at the end of each day.

To achieve this, we are committed to effective HSE leadership and management, continually developing a positive ​safety ethos of understanding, transparency and learning, and the promotion of healthy behaviours to help avoid illness or injury arising from people’s work or lifestyle.

Keeping our people safe

At Keller we view safety as a value, something we do not compromise. We have made great strides increasing participation in our leading indicators with a view to continuously improving our Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) and Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR).

In 2023, we:

  • Continued to make improvements to our AFR (0.1) and TRIR (0.6).
  • Introduced new Group HSE standards to the organisation.
  • Undertook 11 week-long business unit assurance assessments to understand compliance to our standards.
  • Introduced a new method of reporting hazardous conditions and behaviours at site.
  • Further enhanced the functionality of our field application InSite to accommodate all aspects of the project safety planning process.
  • Began the process of introducing vehicle telematics to Keller-owned vehicles.
  • Installed back-up and blind side cameras on all Keller rigs with cabs.
  • Held our second Global Safety Week.

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An award-winning safety programme

Keller has won two prestigious industry awards for its Step Forward for Safety (SFfS) programme, which has helped our UK Business Unit achieve a year-on-year reduction in incidents.

Safety training

SFfS picked up a Gold award for Best Innovative Health & Safety Campaign from the European Federation of Foundation Contractors, as well as being recognised by the UK’s Federation of Piling Specialists in their Safety Innovation category.

Launched by Keller UK in 2018 in partnership with Active Training Team (ATT), SFfS is a behavioural-based and cooperative programme that goes beyond corporate policies and protocols to improve the cultural approach to safety.

“It’s about encouraging individuals at every level to take responsibility for safety and what happens on site,” says Simon Jones, HSEQ Director (Europe). “During an engaging day-long event, away from the usual working environment, SFfS gives our people a basic understanding of human psychology, explores why we react the way we do in certain situations and guides them through example scenarios of how incidents occur. Importantly, it also looks at where opportunities are missed to intervene.”

Practical tools for improving safety

Each session, delivered by ATT, features no more than 15 colleagues – all in different roles and with varying levels of experience – and is overseen by a Keller HSE facilitator and senior leader. After the session, colleagues come away with a common language for talking about safety, practical tools they can deploy and the confidence to speak up when they see things that might not be right.

Over the past five years more than 1,000 individuals have taken part in SFfS, including everyone at Keller UK, a number of colleagues in other business units, key suppliers, joint venture partners and even some clients. Plans are now in place to roll out the programme in Germany.

“We’re delighted to win these awards, which are recognition of the significant impact Step Forward for Safety has had,” says Simon.

It’s about encouraging individuals at every level to take responsibility for safety and what happens on site."

Simon Jones

HSEQ Director (Europe)