The main activities in 2012

Monitoring construction sites

In 2012, 35 inspections were carried out at the main construction sites, in continuation of the more than 100 carried out in the two previous years. The inspections, carried out with the assistance of a specialist external company, are attended by an inter-departmental working group which ensures know-how on safety, fraud management, the 231 model and the quality system. The purpose of these audits is to monitor all activities in general at the sites, making it possible to provide for any necessary corrective measures and improvements in a comprehensive manner.

Additionally, for some years Terna and ANIE (the National Federation of Electro-technical and Electronic Companies) have had a Working Group with the purpose of harmonizing and standardizing the safety rules at electricity construction sites. In particular in 2012 it completed the document “Organization of construction sites for the work of building, maintenance and demolition of HV power lines under the terms of Italian Legislative Decree 81/08”. The document, which is awaiting confirmation of “good practice” on the part of the INAIL, is a summary of the experiences and issues, and the related technical solutions to be adopted, as seen by all companies in the industry, regarding the organization of safety at construction sites.

In 2012 the technical forums launched with the ANIE were also concerned with revising and updating:

  • the document “Methods of Climbing, Accessing, Moving, and Positioning on work at height”, currently being completed;
  • the list of equipment and machinery managed and required in the qualification stage, necessary to perform work on the grid from 132 kV to 420 kV.

Training and information

In 2012 more than 40,000 hours of training were devoted to health and safety. The drop compared with 2011 was due on one hand to the completion of the training campaign on the DPRET (Rules for the Prevention of Electrical Risk), which had determined a peak of training hours in 2011, and on the other – as already indicated in this section - to the overall reduction in the number of new recruits joining the company. 


2012 2011 2010
Total 41,137 61,033 49,222
Senior executives 0 206 175
Junior executives 1,908 2,536 3,897
White-collar workers 16,292 25,737 20,265
Blue-collar workers 22,937 32,554 24,885

Of particular significance among the training initiatives carried out during the year, was the training campaign on the subject of safety at construction sites.


  • the refresher activities provided for in TU81/08, (e.g. first aid, fire prevention) were completed;
  • a training session was provided on safety issues which involved external project workers and temporary staff.

In 2012 the project “Analysis of the context and identification of stimuli required to encourage safe conduct in the workplace” was completed.

The initiative, which involved 320 colleagues, was an opportunity to collect ideas and suggestions in order to further improve practices and processes in the field of safety. The analysis, which concerned both the working context and the content of the work, revealed that employees are aware of the company's investment in safety values. The training, meetings and possibility to share results are positive experiences for employees.

The regional offices and the units involved received a report containing the analysis of data that emerged for their area and some suggestions for improvement.

In view of the results obtained, the objective is to continue with initiatives involving employees, making such initiatives a tool to support not only safety, but also the environment and service quality.

Finally, in 2012:

  • The Group’s OHSAS 18001 certification was confirmed;
  • in compliance with the law, the Safety, Prevention, and Protection Managers and the Transmission Operating Area managers performed 157 inspections, and the company doctor made approximately 244 visits to work places.
  • 25 internal audits were performed;
  • periodical preventive medical examinations were also performed for atypical workers, as set out by Italian Legislative Decree 81/08.