Occupational injuries

As in the previous year, in 2010 there were no fatal occupational injuries. Although higher than in 2009, the total number of injuries was in line with 2008 and does not constitute a growth trend. The injury rate shows limited fluctuations over time, while the absentee rate confirmed the downward trend. There were no hours of absence attributable to occupational disease, because – according to the official list – the kind of work performed at Ternai is not associated with the possible onset of professional diseases. Therefore, the occupational disease rate at Terna should always be considered zero.      

No fatal occupational injuries were recorded nor cases of fatal or serious injuries – even ones that occurred in previous years – for which in the three-year period considered it has been definitive established that the company was in any way responsible.  

It should also be noted that in the period 2008-2009 no fatal occupational injury occurred at the Company’s Brazilian subsidiary, Terna Participações.

OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES - TERNA EMPLOYEES
GRI-ILO DEFINITIONS (1)

  2010 2009 2008 (2)
Injury rate 1.56 1.21 1.72
Lost-day rate
58.4 40.0 329.1
Absentee rate (3) 7592.6 8101.3 9442.0
Occupational disease rate 0.0 0.0 0.0
Number of injuries 50 36 50
      Fatal 0 0 1
      Serious
2 0 1

(1) As required by the GRI protocols, the definitions adopted are those of the International Labour Organization (ILO). To facilitate comparison with other sources, the following notes provide the values of the same indicators calculated according to alternative formulas. It was not considered necessary to further break down the figures at the regional level, because Ternai operates only in Italy.   
The injury rate is the number of injuries with at least one day’s abstention from work divided by the number of hours worked during the year and multiplied by 200,000 (corresponding to 50 work weeks x 40 hours x 100 employees). To facilitate comparison with other sources, this indicator was also calculated using a multiplication factor of 1,000,000 instead of 200,000 (consequently obtaining an injury rate five times that of the ILO). According to the latter calculation, the injury rate was 7.8 in 2010, 6.1 in 2009, and 8.6 in 2008.
The lost day rate is the ratio between the number of days not worked because of injury and the number of hours worked during the year multiplied by 200,000. Days not worked are calendar days and are counted from when the injury occurred. To facilitate comparison with other sources, this indicator was also calculated use a multiplication factor of 1,000. According to this way of doing the calculation, the lost day rate was 0.3 in 2010, 0.2 in 2009, and 1.7 in 2008.
The absentee rate is the number of days of absence because of illness, injury, or strike out of the number of days worked in the same period multiplied by 200,000. To facilitate comparison with other sources, this indicator was also calculated as a percentage of the days worked. According to this way of doing the calculation, the absentee rate was 3.8% in 2010, 4.1% in 2009, and 4.7% in 2008.
The occupational disease rate is the total number of cases of occupational disease divided by the number of hours worked in the year, multiplied by 200,000.

(2) The data shown in the table regard Italy. It should be noted that in the period 2008-2009 no occupational injuries occurred at the Company’s Brazilian subsidiary, Terna Participações

(3) The reasons for absence considered do not include maternity leave, marriage leave, study leave, leave for union activities, other cases of paid leave, and suspensions.

In 2010 Terna consolidated its internal procedures for reporting injuries of employees of contractors and subcontractors, monitoring all the construction sites (instead of just a sample, as in the experimental survey of 2008) and recording all kinds of injuries (instead of only fatal and serious ones, which had been duly presented in the previous editions of the Sustainability Report). As in the case of Terna’s employees, in 2010 there were no fatal injuries among the employees of contractors and subcontractors.   

OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES OF CONTRACTOR AND SUBCOONTRACTOR EMPLOYEES (1)
GRI-ILO DEFINITIONS

  2010 2009 2008
 Occupational injuries 
14 na 8
     Serious 5 1 0
     fatal 0 1 2
  Injury rate (2) 0.85 na 1.23

(1) The values were calculated only for Italian contractors and subcontractors.

(2) This is the number of injuries with at least one day’s abstention from work divided by the number of hours worked during the year and multiplied by 200,000 (corresponding to 50 work weeks x 40 hours x 100 employees). To facilitate comparison with other sources, this indicator was also calculated using a multiplication factor of 1,000,000 instead of 200,000 (consequently obtaining an injury rate five times that of the ILO). According to the latter calculation, the injury rate was 4.2 in 2010 and 6.2 in 2008.