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Safety is a core value at Weyerhaeuser. We believe that 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 for 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 12-month basis. In 2015, 63 percent of our operations reported no recordable injuries.

As we work to become injury-free, we set interim targets and measure our progress monthly. Although we're among the industry leaders in safety, in 2015 we achieved a recordable incident rate (RIR) of 1.02 against a target of less than one. (RIR measures the number of injuries per 100 employees per year. We also measured the severity of injuries we experienced using a DART rate (days away, restricted work and transfers per 100 employees per year). Our DART rate for 2015 was 20, which met our goal for the year.

In 2015, we also launched a review of our safety program to determine what we can do to drive further improvement in our safety performance. We asked a team of our top leaders to benchmark internally and externally and make recommendations for 2016. As a result of their work, we're rolling out a refreshed safety program in 2016, which will simplify and standardized our critical safety tools and sharpen our focus on managing our highest risks to eliminate severe, life-altering injuries from our workplace. This means that for 2016, we'll be shifting toward measuring leading indicators for safety, such as tracking hazards that were found and fixed. We will also de-emphasize our focus on monitoring all recordable injuries and instead focus on communicating and learning from severe-injury incidents.

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"Nothing we do — no production target, no financial goal, no deadline — is more important than making safe choices."
— Doyle Simons, president and CEO


Our vision is to be a truly safe place to work. To achieve this vision, we focus on accountability and consistency.

Our caring leaders:

  • Set clear expectations
  • Ensure a safe workplace
  • Inspect and follow up
  • Hold people accountable
  • Role-model and motivate

Our engaged employees:

  • Own and commit to safety
  • Assess risk and take action
  • Follow procedures
  • Find and fix hazards
  • Intervene and accept feedback

We consistently:

  • Use a common toolkit
  • Focus on our highest-risk areas
  • Hire, promote and develop for safety excellence

Our standard safety toolkit includes:

  • Annual companywide safety targets
  • A companywide Health and Safety Policy
  • A standard process to report and investigate incidents
  • A database to manage incident data
  • An audit process to assess regulatory compliance and continuous improvement of our safety management system
  • Online training available to all employees
  • Robust communications

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 about work-related injury and illness, environmental incidents, near misses, hazard observations, property damage, fire/explosion, vehicle incidents, process loss and product damage.


We do not find it acceptable for any person to lose his or her life while working for us. When fatalities do occur, we conduct a thorough investigation, review findings with our senior management team and board of directors, implement appropriate changes, and share lessons learned with all employees in a timely way.

In 2015, we did not experience any employee fatalities. We did experience one contractor fatality in our Timberlands operation in Louisiana. The contractor suffered fatal injuries after being struck by the skidder blade on his mobile equipment. Investigation of this incident was completed and lessons learned were shared with all employees and appropriate contractors.