Problems are solved together

Pekka is a long-time construction professional. He has been involved in many things and now he is an occupational health and safety delegate.

Name, position and age

Pekka Mäki
Carpenter and work safety delegate, Building construction, Finland
Age: 47

What kind of training and education do you have?

I attended a polytechnic and while working have gained several professional qualifications, such as computer-aided measurement. Just recently I received my certificate in damp measuring. I’m also part of the management group for employee cooperation negotiations for Building construction in Finland, and also represent our company as a vice member in a national occupational safety and health organisation.

How did you get to your current position?

I have 30 year experience in this industry, and been with Lemminkäinen already for 23 years. For the past seven I’ve been a full-time occupational health and safety delegate. I joined the company as a builder, and a few years later transferred to carpentry. I have seen how digitalisation has made its way onto construction sites, and how dramatically technologies have developed and have accelerated the pace of work. I grew out of the role of substitute into occupational health and safety work.

What’s your typical working day like?

No two days are alike for me, and all my days involve some kind of problem solving. Then being able to prioritise things becomes essential. My main work is occupational health and safety, and the work I do in this role includes housing construction calibration, i.e. TR calibration. I also support our units in occupational health, safety and wellbeing matters. I assist our defects liability repair unit in carrying out moisture measurements, and take care of the measurement instruments and their calibration.

What do you like most about your job?

The best thing about my job is that it varies and allows me to learn new things. And of course my workmates.

What is the most challenging thing about your work?

Taking care of new matters and the many contacts of a large company. The challenges are tight schedules, being able to get everything done on schedule. The loop must be equally strong at all points.

What kind of person succeeds in your position?

You have to have a hunger for work, and a desire to learn new things. Problem-solving skills are needed, as is the courage to get involved in situations and sort things out. The work is challenging, but rewarding.