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.
Safety is everyone's responsibility, and 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.
One of the keys to Deere's success are our Continuous Improvement Teams. Deere has over 350 teams in the U.S. alone, and more than 800 teams worldwide. At every John Deere factory, team members – production, 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, 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 124 Deere locations around the world, 80 went without a lost-time injury during fiscal year 2015, and 49 locations exceeded 1 million hours worked without a lost-time injury. 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. For example, 34 John Deere units in the United States earned the Occupational Excellence Achievement Award in 2016 from the U.S. National Safety Council.
This award recognizes units that have no fatalities and report lost-time case rates equal to or less than half the rate for their industry. The lost-time case rates are calculated using 2015 safety performance figures.
The National Safety Council is a nonprofit public service organization in the United States that works through education and training to help prevent accidental injury and death.
"Safety is a top priority at John Deere. With more than 350 Continuous Improvement Teams in the U.S. alone, we are diligent in analyzing and improving factory workflows, workstation ergonomics, and safety training," says Laurie Zelnio, director of Environment, Health, Safety, Standards and Sustainability. "These awards recognize our intense focus on safety, which has made our facilities among the safest workplaces in America."
Deere units who earned the National Safety Council's Occupational Excellence Achievement Award are:
Parts Distribution Locations
- Deere-Hitachi Construction, Kernersville, North Carolina
- John Deere Coffeyville Works, Coffeyville, Kansas
- John Deere Commercial Products, Grovetown, Georgia
- John Deere Cylinder Group, Moline, Illinois
- John Deere Davenport Works, Davenport, Iowa
- John Deere Des Moines Works, Des Moines, Iowa
- John Deere Dubuque Works, Dubuque, Iowa
- John Deere Electronic Solutions, Fargo, North Dakota
- John Deere Engine Works, Waterloo, Iowa
- John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline, Illinois
- John Deere Horicon Works, Horicon, Wisconsin
- John Deere Ottumwa Works, Ottumwa, Iowa
- John Deere Power Products, Greeneville, Tennessee
- John Deere Reman, Core Center, Springfield, Missouri
- John Deere Reman, Springfield, Missouri
- John Deere Seeding Group, Moline, Illinois
- John Deere Seeding Group, Valley City, North Dakota
- John Deere Thibodaux, Thibodaux, Louisiana
- John Deere Turf Care, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
- John Deere Waterloo Works, Waterloo, Iowa
- Nortrax, Inc., Waconia, Minnesota
Sales, Marketing Offices, and R&D Locations
- North American Parts Distribution Center, Milan, Illinois
- Parts Depot, Dallas, Texas
- Parts Depot, Denver, Colorado
- Regional Parts Distribution Center, Atlanta, Georgia
- Regional Parts Distribution Center, Lathrop, California
- Regional Parts Distribution Center, Portland, Oregon
- Sunbelt Outdoor Products, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina
- Deere & Company, Unit 90 Locations, Moline, Illinois
- John Deere Cary, Cary, North Carolina
- John Deere Construction Equipment, Moline, Illinois
- John Deere Financial, Johnston, Iowa
- John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, Torrance, California
- John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, Urbandale, Iowa
- John Deere Olathe, Olathe, Kansas
Off-the-Job Safety a Priority
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 occur off the job, according to the U.S. National Safety Council. Deere safety records show company employees are 20 times more likely to be hurt off the job than while at work.
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Building a Strong Safety Culture
When John Deere acquires a business, nothing is more important than working with new employees to establish a strong safety culture. The goal is a safety-focused culture where employees understand and see the value of safety procedures, and look out for each other.
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