Ben Dahn, Head of EHS - Grid Technology Products, Siemens Energy
December 4, 2023
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Our journey to Zero Harm

We want to do more than embrace our responsibility for environmental protection and the health and safety of our employees. We want to become an industry leader – with a Zero Harm culture where everyone is committed to care, respect and accountability.

Ben Dahn, Head of EHS - Grid Technology Products, Siemens Energy is committed to a safe and healthy work culture.

For us, every case counts.

Ben Dahn

Head of EHS - Grid Technology Products, Siemens Energy

At the core of our corporate culture lies a commitment to Environmental Protection and Occupational Health and Safety (EHS). It’s our collective responsibility to safeguard the environment and care for the wellbeing of our employees. 

“Imagine, in our grid technology business alone, we have 43 plants around the world,” says Benjamin Dahn, Head of EHS - Grid Technology Products at Siemens Energy, “and in order to identify global company trends we have to carefully measure and report accidents and the events leading up to them. For us, every case counts. And we use these findings to continuously improve EHS programs at Siemens Energy.”

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Most incidents have a triggering human factor – from the fitter at the workbench to the service technician, or the people in sales traveling hundreds of kilometers a week. Our goal is to make sure they all get home safe and sound.

Over the past 60 years, our accidents rates have continued to drop. But to keep reducing accident and injury rates to zero, we all need to think differently. It’s important that everyone at Siemens Energy takes part in the conversation. We’re on a journey to zero harm – and a driving principle behind that culture is that we take care of each other.

By protecting the environment with zero-emission products, you also protect people from harm and ensure the health and safety of your employees.

Protecting people, protecting the environment: Many Siemens Energy products, such as the zero emission Blue technology, are making significant contributions to decarbonization projects around the world.

Siemens Energy employees use a smartphone app to report unsafe situations.

A reporting app helps us to identify unsafe situations before an incident even happens.

How we measure safety

Our employees are required to report every accident using a unique tool (also available as a smartphone app) that allows them to document and categorize an incident, down to the smallest details. This helps us to recognize and reward positive behavior or to proactively identify unsafe situations before an accident even happens.”

We also look at the Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) to measure all the data and determine the right action. TRIR, which has now become the global standard, allows us to discover patterns across multiple worksites, bringing further transparency into our safety performance. This replaces the previous standard of measuring the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate, which focuses more on lost work time and less on the current well-being of the workers involved.

We want our employees to be aware and alert, but we realize we can’t change safety culture with the snap of a finger. Instead, safety starts at the top and extends to every level – and our Siemens Energy leaders not only set the right example, but encourage employee-led initiatives and collaborations with global and regional partners to keep us all safe.

Sustainability at Siemens Energy

We have made significant progress towards our sustainability targets and continue to improve our sustainability performance.

Combined picture and video credits: Stefan Hobmaier