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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. In 2014, 73 percent of our operations reported no injuries.

As we work to become injury-free, we set interim targets and measure our progress monthly. In 2014, we achieved a recordable incident rate of 0.89 against a target of less than one (RIR measures the number of injuries per 100 employees per year).

For 2015, we have added another target — DART days rate, which measures the severity of injuries we experience. (DART stands for days away, restricted work, and transfers. It measures the severity of injuries per 100 employees per year).

View our safety data

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


The five basic elements of our safety strategy are:

  • 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 these tools:

  • Annual companywide performance goals
  • 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 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. If 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 2014, Weyerhaeuser experienced four fatalities. In June, a contractor working for our Western Timberlands operation was struck and killed by a falling tree top. In August, an employee at one of our sawmills in North Carolina was fatally injured after being pinned beneath a tipped-over forklift. In September, a contractor working for our Columbia Timberlands operation was fatally injured while hand-falling trees. In December, an employee at one of our sawmills in Oregon was pinned and fatally injured by a conveyor cover. Investigations of these incidents are complete, recommendations were implemented, and lessons learned were shared with all employees and appropriate contractors.