Stockholm Royal Seaport is home to many Stockholmers. It is also a complex construction area with large numbers of developers, suppliers, contractors, and other professionals. In 2019, elementary school, Bobergsskolan, opened and around 420 pupils now live in the area. In parallel with construction work, residents are moving in, and new businesses are setting up. Large numbers of people need to work together safely and securely in a limited space. The Stockholm Royal Seaport project has a vision for a construction working environment and zero tolerance of working accidents and incidents.
To create safe and secure construction sites, a large number of precautionary measures were taken in co-operation with developers and suppliers. All visitors to and in the vicinity of the construction area are included in different ways by these safety initiatives. Examples of activities and measures taken include a variety of risk assessments, information about logistics and facilities, in-depth construction start-up meetings and regular fire and safety checks. The Stockholm Royal Seaport project also actively co-operates with the police and fire service to practice emergency procedures.
The smartphone app Buildsafe is used to facilitate the reporting of a variety of incidents. The number of reported incidents increased in 2019, compared to previous years. The most frequent incidents included damage to fencing and gates, improper storage of building materials, and faulty protection equipment. It is reasonable to conclude that the number of reported incidents increased due to improved transparency and a more open attitude to reporting incidents. This in turn leads to increased opportunities to work on preventative measures at earlier stages of projects.
Ever since building work started, Stockholm Royal Seaport has, relative to the construction sector, experienced a low number of workplace accidents resulting in sick leave. However, one fatality occurred in 2018.
A safety tour focusing on patrols on foot and by bike to identify risk areas was conducted in co-operation with the police and the City District Administration. At the end of 2019, a memorandum was drafted for emergency service personnel outlining health risks associated with rescue operations.
Table 5.2 Summary of numbers of incidents, events, and accidents