New Employees Get the Message: Work Safely, Go Home Healthy
At Leyland Deere, a construction-equipment factory built in 2010 in Gummidipoondi, India, bringing new employees into the factory's safety culture begins before they're hired and continues every day they're on the job.
Company interviewers check prospective manufacturing employees for knowledge of workplace safety, and their attitudes toward it. Candidates also have to complete several weeks of safety training before they get a confirmed job offer.
Once hired, employees are equipped with personal protective equipment that includes safety glasses, gloves, hearing protection, shoes, and other job-specific safety gear, and receive extensive training on how to use the gear properly.
New employees find that safety issues are first on the agenda at daily production meetings. Signs throughout the factory remind employees about safety. Factory leaders participate on safety committees that meet regularly with employees.
Attention to safety always begins well before a factory is built. The design for the Leyland Deere plant included specifications that helped make the plant as safe as possible, such as putting electrical lines, air hoses, and other utilities in trenches in the floor to eliminate tripping hazards. Overhead utilities, such as piping, were elevated to avoid head injuries, and an extensive ventilation system was installed to ensure good air quality on the manufacturing floor.
The work of building the factory got the same attention to safety. Before contractors began work, the company held safety orientations for them and insisted on daily safety audits.
Besides designing the plant for safety, officials completed a safety and ergonomics risk assessment before production began, and employee teams now hold weekly reviews to measure progress in reducing hazards.
And, as in all John Deere plants, machine safeguards and access controls were installed and verified before any production began, to help minimize the risk of machine operators getting injured.
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.Read the full article.
Focusing on Near Misses
Attention throughout the company to the basics of working safely helped make fiscal year 2012 one of the best safety years ever at John Deere. To further improve global safety performance rates, John Deere tracks near misses, or incidents that almost cause injuries.Read the full article.