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. An online tracking system of near-miss information is in place at most U.S. units and is being deployed globally.
All employees are encouraged to report near misses by providing brief descriptions of incidents, sharing photos, and suggesting corrective actions. Unit safety managers then work with engineers, supervisors, and others to correct the problems.
Each incident is assigned to a category so over time a unit can identify recurring problems like mechanical or equipment failures or issues related to specific parts or tools. The program also provides a way to report near misses that could have led to environmental problems, such as oil spills or property damage caused by forklifts or other equipment.
The information can be shared among locations, so Deere factories and departments can learn from each other's near misses and corrective actions.
By focusing on near misses, facilities can correct hazards and change unsafe behaviors before they result in injuries or damage.
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.Read the full article.
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.