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 250 teams in the U.S. alone; more than 1,000 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 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.
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.
John Deere facilities regularly earn safety awards and other recognition.
In 2010, John Deere units in the United States, for example, earned 43 Occupational Excellence Achievement Awards from the U.S. National Safety Council.
The Occupational Excellence Achievement Award recognizes units that report injury and illness rates that are less than half the average of organizations in their Standard Industrial Classification code (similar industries) and have no fatalities during the year. The rates are calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and are based on 2009 safety performance.
The National Safety Council is a non-profit public service organization. John Deere has been an NSC member for more than 80 years and has received more than 1,100 safety awards since the Safety Council started its recognition program.