Skanska donated occupational safety equipment to Aalto University

The future experts adapt the right attitude towards occupational safety during their studies.
The students of Aalto's ’Maintenance and Repair of Structures’ course visited the Helsinki Olympic Stadium construction site on 6 November 2017.

Skanska, a project development and construction group, has donated occupational safety equipment to the Aalto University School of Engineering that the students can use in the concrete laboratories and during construction site visits.

‘We want to emphasise the importance of occupational safety already during their studies, and appropriate equipment sends the right message. Construction site visits help students to connect with working life and their possible future employers. Promotion of occupational safety is part of our responsibility and we would like to communicate that to the students who are thinking about their future jobs,’ says Tuomas Särkilahti, CEO at Skanska.

‘With this donation, Skanska wants to show how important it think it is that the future experts of the field adapt the right attitude towards occupational safety during their studies. The donation supports our ability to combine teaching of occupational safety with laboratory exercises and helps us to arrange construction site visits that are an important part of teaching. Skanska's construction site workers have always welcomed us despite the extra work that our visits cause during urgent projects,’ says Professor Jari Puttonen, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University. 

‘The donation sends the message that, at Skanska, the challenging and interesting work tasks of the construction field are performed in a developing and humane environment,’ Puttonen continues.

Skanska has occupational safety related educational cooperation with Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, for example. Since 2016, Skanska has arranged Occupational Safety Card training for Metropolia's first year students of construction economics in Kallio, Helsinki, and Leppävaara, Espoo. During 2017–2018, Skanska is prepared to train 300 students who can qualify for an Occupational Safety Card after the training.

Further information:

Antti Leino, Head of Health and Safety, Skanska Oy, tel. +358 40 866 8551, antti.leino[at]skanska.fi

Cristina Rinnetie-Uski, Head of Marketing and Communications, Skanska Oy, tel. +358 40 501 9816, cristina.rinnetie-uski[at]skanska.fi

Jari Puttonen,  Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University, tel. +358 50 384 1782, jari.puttonen[at]aalto.fi

Skanska’s operations in Finland cover construction services, residential and commercial project development and public-private partnerships. Construction services include building construction, building services, and civil and environmental construction. The combined sales for Skanska Oy’s operations in 2016 were approximately 946 million euros and the company employed 2,018 people at the end of the year. www.skanska.fi

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