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Workplace Safety

John Deere is committed to a safe workplace. That commitment has resulted in John Deere being regularly recognized as a leader in this area. But the commitment goes beyond the workplace. We are focused on each employee's health and welfare … on and off the job. Because our employees' overall health can impact performance, as well as the performance of their co-workers. So, through health assessments, training, and support, Deere looks to enhance the well-being of every employee.

A great work environment

Safety is everyone's responsibility. Part of everyone's job at John Deere. The difference at Deere is that we constantly work to reduce risk by concentrating on potential issues before someone gets hurt.

The keys to Deere's success are our Continuous Safety Improvement Teams. Over 400 teams in the U.S. alone; more than 800 worldwide. At every John Deere factory, team members – wage, management, technicians, engineers – work together to establish quarterly goals, handle risk assessments, develop recommendations, and follow through to make approved changes. Hundreds of safety projects are tackled each year, with results shared throughout the company.

Every John Deere facility has safety goals. It's a management imperative. But having goals is not quite enough. Every employee must commit to those safety goals, as well. And, specific safety metrics are reported monthly.

The results? Major changes to factory floors, more ergonomic workstations, even improved training and safety communications have reduced injury frequency and severity rates. In fact, John Deere facilities continue to be among the safest in the world. Out of 116 Deere locations, 69 went without a lost-time injury during all of 2010. And 34 of those have exceeded 1,000,000 hours without a lost-time case. This shows a true dedication to safety from all John Deere employees.

Health and wellness

Health and wellness programs are staple ingredients in John Deere's activities day to day. Risk assessments and coaching help employees maintain, improve, and manage their personal health and work-life needs.

At many John Deere units, occupational health and industrial hygiene professionals work to evaluate potential exposures to hazardous materials, manage employee injuries and illnesses, and protect the confidentiality of medical information.

Deere has also set up procedures for dealing with extraordinary health risks such as pandemics. Factories and other Deere facilities have local response plans, as well.

All this is done globally. We've established health programs that address specific and varying issues and infrastructures from country to country, culture to culture.

How we rate

Compared to other equipment manufacturers, John Deere leads the way in workplace safety. And, surprisingly, we have injury rates below those common even in non-manufacturing sectors.


Lost-Time Injury Severity Rate Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate

*2010 metrics include 20 new reporting sites

Safety Metrics


John Deere facilities regularly earn safety awards and other recognition.


In 2011, John Deere units in the United States, for example, earned 52 safety awards from the U.S. National Safety Council.


Included are 48 Deere units that earned the organization's Occupational Excellence Achievement Award, which recognizes units that have no fatalities and report injury and illness rates that are less than half the average of organizations whose employees do the same kind of work. The rates are calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics using 2010 safety performance figures.


Three units earned the National Safety Council Industry Leader Award: John Deere Waterloo (Iowa) Works, the North American Parts Distribution Center, Milan, Illinois, and Deere & Company World Headquarters in Moline, Illinois. The award recognizes the top 5% of recipients of the Occupational Excellence Achievement Award.


John Deere Turf Care, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, earned the Safety Leadership Award for five consecutive years without an occupational injury or illness resulting in lost employee work days or death.


The National Safety Council is a nonprofit public service organization that works to educate and influence people to prevent accidental injury and death.


Here are the John Deere units that earned National Safety Council awards.


Industry Leader Award
  • Waterloo Works
  • North American Parts Distribution Center, Milan
  • Deere & Company World Headquarters, Moline

Occupational Excellence Achievement Award
Manufacturing Operations
  • Coffeyville Works
  • Commercial Products, Augusta
  • Cylinder Group, Moline
  • Davenport Works
  • Deere-Hitachi Specialty Products, Langley
  • Deere-Hitachi, Kernersville
  • Des Moines Works
  • Dubuque Works
  • Engine Works, Waterloo
  • Harvester Works
  • Horicon Works
  • John Deere Water – San Diego
  • John Deere Water – San Marcos
  • John Deere Water – Valdosta
  • Ottumwa Works
  • Phoenix International
  • Power Products, Greeneville
  • John Deere Reman, Edmonton
  • John Deere Reman, Springfield
  • Seeding Group, Moline
  • Seeding Group, Valley City
  • Thibodaux
  • Turf Care
  • Waterloo Works
  • Welland Works

Parts Distribution Locations
  • Atlanta Regional Parts Distribution Center
  • Dallas Parts Depot
  • Denver Parts Depot
  • Grimsby Regional Parts Distribution Center
  • Lathrop Regional Parts Distribution Center
  • North American Parts Distribution Center, Milan
  • Portland Regional Parts Distribution Center
  • Regina Regional Parts Distribution Center
  • Sunbelt Outdoor Power Products, Charlotte
  • Syracuse Parts Depot

Sales, Marketing, Office, and R&D Locations
  • Construction Equipment Company, Moline
  • Grimsby Sales Branch
  • John Deere Cary Office
  • John Deere Credit, Canada
  • John Deere Credit, Johnston
  • John Deere Credit, Madison
  • John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, Torrence
  • John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, Urbandale
  • John Deere Landscapes, Alpharetta
  • John Deere Lenexa Office and Training Centers
  • Nortrax
  • Southeast Engineering Center
  • Deere & Company World Headquarters

Safety Leadership Award
  • John Deere Turf Care


Earning a Strong Safety Record

Nine million hours. That's how much time John Deere Dubuque Works had logged at the end of fiscal year 2011 without a lost-time accident. It's the kind of performance that has earned the construction and forestry equipment factory a reputation as one of the company's top safety performers, year in and year out.

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