Variante di Valico: Occupational Safety Employee Rewards System

Case studies

Occupational safety is a key objective. Autostrade per l'Italia funds employee training courses and has created a rewards system that rewards good behaviour at road work sites, to raise employee awareness.
Thanks to such choices, the accident frequency rate in road works was significantly reduced and the Variante di Valico and became a iconic work.

The construction of a safe working environment requires an awareness, on the part of the whole corporate body, of the importance of the final goal. Autostrade per l'Italia makes its employees an active part of the process that leads to increasingly higher safety standards, involving them is training courses and rewarding good behaviour. That this is a win-win approach can be seen from the results: between 2008 and 2011 the accident frequency rate was reduced by 39%.

Rewarding good behaviour

Along this journey, Autostrade per l'Italia intends to make the Variante di Valico an iconic work representing a new way of planning major works in line with road work safety.

The initiative to be rewarded should be looked at from this perspective - as has been the case since 2008 - with workers who have distinguished themselves for reporting situations that could have resulted in workplace accidents, being rewarded. Together with the Province of Bologna and the other Bodies that make up the "permanent table for Variante di Valico road work safety", on 22 December 2011 Autostrade per l'Italia awarded:

  • 43 individual workers (who each received €500)
  • 8 work teams (which each received €5,000 to be equally divided between team members except the team leader who received €1,000)

The number of workers receiving awards since the start of the initiative thus rose to 225.

Training courses

Awards for good behaviour are just a part of the project, which aims to disseminate a proactive workplace safety approach.

In the 2008-2011 three-year period, Autostrade per l'Italia, funded a total of 4,500 hours of training courses for 1,132 workers.