Lappeenranta sawmill is Metsä Group's safest mill in 2022

Metsä Fibre press release 16.2.2023
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Metsä Fibre's Lappeenranta sawmill has been selected as Metsä Group's safest mill of 2022. In total 34 Metsä's production sites in 7 countries were evaluated. The selection criteria for the safest mill were the accident frequency rate (TRIF) of own personnel, the accident rates (TRI)  of external partners and the activity in proactive safety work.

"Metsä Group has taken many joint measures to improve safety in recent years, and these are now starting to show up in our and our partners' everyday lives. This year, Lappeenranta Sawmill performed best, with a steadfast approach to tackling problems and good management of proactive safety work," says Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO, Metsä Group.

In Lappeenranta, safety is talked about every day. "Our policy is that if work cannot be done safely, it is stopped and a safe way of doing it is planned. This principle has been adopted by both our own employees and those of our external partners," says Anssi Meuronen, Mill Manager, Lappeenranta sawmill.

The Lappeenranta sawmill has been operating without accidents for over two years, that is more than 700 days now. In 2022, occupational safety at Metsä Group as a whole also developed in the right direction, which is reflected in the key safety indicators: both LTA1 (5.2 in 2022) describing the number of accidents resulting in absence, and TRIF (total recordable injury frequency) measuring the number of accidents per working hours (6.7), decreased compared to the previous year.

"At Metsä Fibre, a safe workplace is everyone's right. Our goal is to ensure that every Metsä Fibre employee, as well as our service providers' staff, leave work every day healthy. We work uncompromisingly to continuously improve safety, which is why we demand strong safety expertise not just from our own employees but from our suppliers and partners as well," says Metsä Fibre's CEO Ismo Nousiainen.


More information:
Anssi Meuronen, Mill Manager, Lappeenranta Sawmill, tel. +358 50 5989 319.

Metsä Group

Metsä Group is leading the way in advancing the bioeconomy. We invest in growth, bioproduct development and a fossil free future. The raw material for our products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. We focus on the growth sectors of the forest industry: wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards, as well as tissue and greaseproof papers.  

Metsä Group’s annual sales amount to approximately EUR 7 billion, and we have around 9,500 employees in 30 countries. Our international Group has its roots in the Finnish forests: our parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative which is owned by more than 90,000 forest owners.  

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Metsä Fibre

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, biochemicals and bioenergy. We are the world’s largest producer of softwood market pulp and a globally significant manufacturer of sawn timber. There is a growing demand for our high-quality products, as renewable wood provides a responsible alternative to fossil-based materials. 

In 2022 our sales totalled approximately EUR 3.1 billion, and we have around 1,600 employees. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.