Earning a Strong Safety Record
Fourteen million hours. That's how much time John Deere Dubuque Works had logged without a lost-time accident at the end of fiscal year 2012. The milestone represents the number of consecutive hours worked by full-time and contingent employees without incurring an occupational injury that resulted in days away from work.
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.
Dubuque Works' record is the result of sound safety processes, management support, ongoing communications, and employee engagement – all aimed at eliminating injuries on and off the job.
Among the factory's key safety processes:
At Dubuque Works, factory leaders sit on a safety management team that gets together every month to set goals, review policies, and look at initiatives that could improve safety. They also start many meetings at the factory talking about safety, including all-employee meetings.
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 tasks.Read the full article.
New Employees Get the Message: Work Safely, Go Home Healthy
John Deere has been a leader in workplace safety and health throughout the company's history and works hard to bring every new employee into its safety culture, even in its joint ventures.Read the full article.