Priorities can change, but values never waver — that’s why safety is a core value at Weyerhaeuser. For us, that means safety is a constant guide for how we make decisions. It means that no matter what we’re doing — completing a daily task, launching a new project, or solving a challenging problem — before we begin, we always ask: How can we do this safely? It also means that no matter how pressing a production or financial goal might be, we never compromise safety to reach that target. Safety comes first in everything we do.
This value is rooted in the belief that all safety 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 when they do occur, and inspire our people to always make the safe choice — every task, every time.
OUR SAFETY VISION
Everywhere you go in our operations, our safety vision hangs on walls as a reminder that injury-free is possible.
Our leaders hold themselves and others accountable for demonstrating caring, safe behaviors, and for correcting hazardous conditions.
Our employees are fully engaged, empowered to intervene when they see unsafe conditions or behaviors, and committed to sharing responsibility and accountability for safety.
We use a common set of proven tools to manage safety effectively, with a focus on managing our highest risks.
HOW WE MANAGE SAFETY
To ensure our safety system is consistent and effective, we equip leaders and employees with a safety toolkit that includes:
Our safety vision
A personal safety pledge document
Our companywide safety metrics
Our template for annual risk-based safety planning
Our audit process for assessing regulatory compliance and driving continuous improvement of our safety management system
Our standard process for reporting and investigating incidents
Our online incident-tracking tool
Online training for all employees
We also 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 reoccurrence. We collect and analyze information about work-related injuries and illness, environmental incidents, near misses, hazard observations, property damage, fires/explosions and vehicle incidents. And most importantly, we regularly communicate what we’ve learned to all employees.
HOW WE MEASURE SAFETY
For many years we were focused on reducing our recordable incident rate, and we are proud to have achieved and maintained industry-leading performance using that metric. But even with a low RIR, some of the injuries we still experience — while few — are very serious. For us, that’s unacceptable.
To take our safety performance to the next level, we have de-emphasized our focus on tracking all recordable incidents and intensified our focus on eliminating the most serious injuries from our workplace. Every year we refresh and implement risk-based safety plans in all our operations, which include preventive safety targets, such as hazard identification and correction. We also share the details of any serious and potentially serious injuries we experience so we can better learn from those incidents and keep our highest-risk areas top of mind for all employees.
Of course, our goal is to operate entirely injury-free. We know that’s possible because most of our facilities already operate injury-free on a rolling 12-month basis. In fact, 66 percent of our operations reported no recordable injuries in 2019. Overall, we reduced serious employee injuries by 18 percent from the previous year, and the severity of those injuries was down 35 percent. This is solid progress, but nine employees still experienced serious injuries in our operations last year. That is unacceptable to us, and we remain vigilant about driving improvement until all our operations are injury-free.
Our employees share what safety means to them in their day-to-day work.
The nature of our business requires that we often use contractors to complete various types of work.
We have long required the companies we work with to have effective contractor safety programs in place. We take a collaborative, values-based approach, guided by our safety vision, and with an emphasis on encouraging preventive behaviors, managing high-risk areas, and ensuring appropriate oversight of contractor safety programs. Our approach includes:
Risk-based safety plans developed by the contractors that focus on recognizing and mitigating serious hazards.
Paired leadership visits where our leaders join contractors on job sites to observe their crews in action. They talk about shared values, strengths and opportunities for improvement.
In 2019, the number of serious contractor injuries was down 32 percent compared to the previous year, and we look forward to seeing continued improvements in our contractor safety performance.