Extending Safety Beyond the Workplace
John Deere units worldwide are making off-the-job safety awareness a priority. That's because nine of 10 fatalities and more than two-thirds of disabling injuries to workers each year occur off the job, according to the U.S. National Safety Council. In fact, according to company safety records, John Deere employees are 20 times more likely to be hurt off the job than at work.
Worldwide, injuries account for more than 5 million deaths, says the World Health Organization. Those figures are dwarfed, WHO says, by the number of people who survive injuries only to suffer lifelong disability or health problems.
Without safety meetings and other reminders off the job, people forget that they can be injured. That's why many regular John Deere unit safety meetings include off-the-job safety messages, such as the proper use of ladders, how to handle flammable liquids, or proper welding procedures.
Safety tips may be tied to holidays – how to hang Christmas lights and decorations safely, for instance – or seasonal weather threats, like where to seek shelter during a tornado. Employees are also encouraged to take equipment such as safety glasses and hearing protection home to use whenever they’re doing something that might put them at a safety risk.
As part of Fire Prevention Month activities, employees at John Deere World Headquarters learned how to safely operate a fire extinguisher. The session also focused on the proper use of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
By investing in off-the-job-related safety training, John Deere units help ensure employees are prepared for the unexpected regardless of the location or time of day.
ATTENTION TO ERGONOMICS
One reason John Deere employees are so safe on the job is the company's attention to ergonomics: the design of work and workstations to reduce health problems caused by overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repetitive tasksRead the full article.