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Health and Safety


Safety is a core value at Weyerhaeuser. We believe all incidents are preventable and that working injury-free is possible. Because the work we do carries risk, all our facilities and operations use proven tools and systems to identify hazards, mitigate risk, learn from incidents and inspire our people to always make the safe choice — every task, every time.

From our senior leadership to our front-line supervisors, visible, consistent commitment to safety makes a significant impact. Our leaders hold themselves and others accountable for demonstrating caring, safe behaviors and correcting hazardous situations. Our employees are fully engaged and share responsibility and accountability for safety.

Our ultimate goal is to operate injury-free. We know this is possible because most of our facilities already operate injury-free on a rolling twelve-month basis. Our 2020 target is for 90 percent or more of our sites to operate injury-free. In 2013, 73 percent of our operations reported no injuries, which is below our internal milestone. To improve our performance in this area, we are working with our lower-performing facilities to identify and implement actions and behaviors that will lead to injury-free.

We also measure our recordable incident rate. In 2013, we maintained an RIR of less than one for employees (0.87) and contractors (0.81), resulting in an "achieves" rating for this goal.


Our companywide safety strategy, Safe from the Start: Our Journey to Injury-Free, defines the five basic elements of our approach:

  • Demonstrate caring leadership
  • Be employee-driven
  • Do the basics well
  • Focus on the greatest potential improvements
  • Recognize and manage risk

We support our strategy with the following tools:

We understand that to prevent injury, we must learn from our safety incidents and near misses. We require that all incidents be reported, recorded and investigated according to defined processes based on the type and severity of the incident. Causes must be identified and action taken to prevent recurrence. We collect and analyze information related to work-related injury and illness, environmental incidents, near misses, hazard observations, property damage, fire/explosion, vehicle incidents, process loss, and product damage.


It is not acceptable for any person to lose his or her life while working for us. The worst thing that could happen occurred on October 8, 2013. A contractor's employee working in our Southern Timberlands operation was struck and killed by a low-boy trailer’s ramp when it fell from its upright, stowed position. This incident, as with all serious health and safety incidents, was reviewed by our senior management team and board of directors after thorough investigations. Lessons learned from the incident were communicated to all employees and appropriate contractors and the recommendations were implemented.

See all of our safety data here.

Last updated June 6, 2014