Safety as the number one priority

According to Marko Kuukkanen, flexibility and broad-ranging experience are significant factors when it comes to succeeding in the position of the national Occupational Safety Manager.

Name, position, ageMarko Kuukkanen

Marko Kuukkanen, Safety Manager, Building construction, 37 years 

What kind of training and education do you have?

I graduated as Bachelor of Engineering from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki. In addition, I have attended many different occupational safety courses and training events during my career.

How did you get to your current position?

I got interested in occupational safety when I worked as a supervisor on a construction site where a serious accident took place. After that, I focused on occupational safety and I worked at Skanska for approximately 12 years as a Safety Manager, among other positions. In early summer 2017, I saw Lemminkäinen Building construction’s online job advertisement, and here I am now.  

What is your typical working day like?

I usually start the day by checking invoices, such as personal protective equipment invoices. Normally, my working day includes various meetings - mostly internal - as well as office work, such as reporting. I try to dedicate a part of the week to construction site visits.  

What do you like most about your job?

A certain kind of freedom. I like the fact that I can manage my calendar myself. No two days are alike: in the morning, you can’t exactly know what will happen during the day. For instance, guidance and counselling requests often come up with a tight schedule.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

This early on, learning the numerous systems used in the company has been a challenge. As my area of responsibility is all of Finland, I must take regional special characteristics comprehensively into account so that I can provide appropriate advice to people around the country.

What kind of a person achieves success in your position?

You must be flexible: you need to be capable of handling things that come up quickly. Another requirement is that you get along with different types of people. Broad-ranging experience helps you to respond to questions and challenges that you come across at work.