News Release, Sustainability

Flatiron Earns ISO 45001 Certification for Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems

Flatiron earned the International Organization for Standardization certification ISO 45001 for occupational health and safety management systems after an independent audit of the company’s systems, processes and objectives. This certification recognizes Flatiron’s commitment to sustainable construction practices on infrastructure projects across North America. 

“Providing our employees, clients and partners with a safe working environment is foundational to any successful project. Everyone deserves the opportunity to work safely and enjoy their accomplishments without incident,” said Flatiron Executive Vice President Dale Nelson.  

“To be successful in safety, we strive to achieve a greater level of engagement at each project. ISO certification is an important step to maintaining a work environment that everyone enjoys and from which everyone benefits. It is important to our physical and mental well-being and is the first step toward success in our business.” 

ISO 45001 is an internationally-recognized standard that provides a framework for managing health and safety risks and opportunities. This framework includes employee and external stakeholder inputs for worker health, safety and well-being. The aim and intended outcomes of the occupational health and safety management system are to prevent work-related injury and ill health to workers and to provide safe and healthy workplaces by eliminating hazards and minimizing risks by taking effective preventive and protective measures. 

Certification encompassed Flatiron’s commitment, as well as the framework required to manage its health and safety risks, improve safety conditions and assist in meeting legal and other requirements. 

Flatiron Health & Safety Commitments  

Flatiron is committed to providing: 

  1. Accident-free projects delivered with zero injuries/fatalities of employees or contractors. 
  2. A Lost Time Incident Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 0.21 by the end of 2025 and 0.18 by the end of 2030. 
  3. 100% of new hires trained on health and safety by the end of 2023. 
  4. Increase contractor training and awareness of health and safety issues by the end of 2025 to lower accident rates. 
  5. 100% of employees covered by Occupational Safety and Health Administration certifications such as ISO 45001. 

Focused activities to achieve commitments include, but are not limited to: 

  • Maintain focus on the reduction of harm through our Serious Injury and Fatality prevention program. 
  • Educate workers and supervisors on the hazardous energy wheel. (The hazardous energy wheel is a tool created to assist employees to identify more of the safety hazards encountered at work and injuries resulting from unwanted contact with some sort of energy.) 
  • Effectively and proactively manage cases and return-to-work programs. 
  • Properly orient, train and mentor all new employees on Flatiron’s safety fundamentals. 
  • Thoroughly track subcontractor incidents using database tools. 


About Flatiron

Flatiron is the trusted partner to deliver innovative solutions to infrastructure challenges across the U.S. and Canada. Flatiron collaborates with public and private clients to deliver heavy civil infrastructure – including highways and bridges; aviation, rail and transit; dams and water treatment facilities; and underground projects. For more on how Flatiron is transforming infrastructure, visit Flatiron is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, an engineering-led global infrastructure group.


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