Health and Safety
Percentage of employees who agree we always put safety first — no compromise
(2011 Engagement Survey)
Our commitment to employee and contractor safety is our highest company value, and
leadership and employee involvement has been the foundation of our success in improving
performance over the last decade. From our senior leadership to our front-line supervisors,
visible, consistent commitment to safety has made 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 have taken
on increased responsibility and accountability in safety. Our journey to an injury-free
Weyerhaeuser is well under way.
HEALTH AND SAFETY STRATEGY
Our companywide strategy, "Safe from the Start: Our Journey to Injury-Free," defines
five basic elements of the company's approach to managing safety:
- Demonstrate caring leadership
- Be employee-driven
- Do the basics well
- Focus on the greatest potential improvements
- Recognize and manage risk
Key companywide tools that support this approach include:
- Annual companywide performance objectives
- A standard process to report and investigate incidents
- A database to manage incident data
- An audit process to assess regulatory compliance and continuous improvement
- Online training available to all employees
- Robust communications
Watch our president and CEO talk about our journey to injury-free and focus areas
One measure we use to monitor our safety performance is the recordable incident
rate. We achieved our goal of a less-than-one RIR, and have demonstrated this performance
is sustainable. In fact, in 2011, 75 percent of our facilities operated injury-free.
Our results show that we are placing the correct level of attention on employee
and contractor safety and have the right processes, training, tools, communications,
activities and behaviors in place.
Key Safety Performance Metrics
Safety incidents and fatalities1
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|Days-away case rate (employees)
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It is not acceptable to Weyerhaeuser that any person lose his or her life while
working for us. Regrettably, we experienced fatalities recently.
On Jan. 19, 2011, a contract employee died when a loader he was moving across a
bridge overturned into a creek.
On Oct. 17, 2011, a contract employee died after falling 45 feet into a heat
On May 9, 2012, a contract employee died after being struck by an upending log as he was setting a choker.
On June 15, 2012, a contract employee died after being struck by an object while a turn of logs was being yarded over steep and rocky ground.
These incidents were reviewed by the senior management team and the board of directors
after thorough investigations. Lessons learned from the incidents were communicated
to contractors (as appropriate) and all employees across the company, and recommendations
We conduct health and safety regulatory compliance audits in all of our manufacturing
businesses to ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements and
INCIDENT INVESTIGATION AND REPORTING
To prevent injury, a company must learn from its safety incidents and near misses.
Our incident investigation standard requires 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.
Our Safety and Health Information Management System enables us to report incident
data and the resulting investigation information, track the progress of corrective
actions, analyze company trends and identify potential risks in health and safety.
We collect and analyze information on:
- Work-related injury and illness
- Environmental incidents
- Near mishaps
- Hazard observations
- Property damage
- Vehicle incidents
- Process loss
- Product damage
HEALTH AND SAFETY EXCHANGE
The Health and Safety Exchange is a primary way we assess and improve the health
and safety management systems at Weyerhaeuser locations. All North American operations
are reviewed against the following criteria (or a subset) annually.
- Leadership in health and safety
- Work-site analysis
- Incident investigation
- Hazard prevention and control
- Industrial hygiene
- Health management/occupational health
- Emergency preparedness
- Business focus activities
Accurate reporting and recordkeeping provide a solid foundation for tracking and
analyzing incident trends so we can implement effective safety processes and prevent
injuries. We expect accurate recordkeeping, and we are working diligently to improve
our accuracy through recordkeeping audits and training. Our recordkeeping accuracy
rate for 2011 was 97 percent, above our goal (95 percent) and above the average
level found by OSHA inspections at companies across the United States (90 percent).
HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY
It is Weyerhaeuser's core policy and highest priority to protect the health and
well-being of all employees through the prevention of injury and illness at work.
This commitment is based on caring for our employees.
Business activities will be conducted to:
- Focus on preventing incidents to achieve a workplace that is free from work-related
injury and illness and to enable employees to complete each workday and their work
life in good health
- Achieve full compliance with all applicable legal requirements and company standards
- Identify and respond to any public health impacts of our operations and the use
of our products and services
- Treat injured employees with dignity and respect and provide the best medical treatment
for workplace injury and illness
- Effectively manage illness and injury and reduce associated costs
- Maintain a workplace free of the effects of alcohol and other drugs of abuse
Sustainability in Action
Safety goes viral
Locals in the Pacific Northwest call them "rain on snow" events — when heavy
rains rapidly melt snow packs. Rivers rise, streams wash out roads, and hillsides
sometimes slide over highways. Such an event took place on Nov. 22, 2011, but timely
communication and attention to safety may have saved lives for a coastal Oregon
Jason Hinkle, slope stability geologist for Weyerhaeuser's Western Timberlands research
and development team, routinely checks the National Weather Service website, as
do others in the Timberlands organization.
"Paying attention to the weather and what's going on in the woods is part of what
I do," he says. "That requires an understanding of landslide hazards."
Early that week in November, the service issued a flood watch that included a debris-flow
warning. Using email, Hinkle alerted both Weyerhaeuser colleagues and others he
knew, including former co-workers at the Oregon Department of Forestry. His email
went viral, finding its way to another company, Longview Timber, and managers of
its Coastal Tree Farm. They took heed and instructed a logging contractor, Teevin
Brothers, to move a crew out of a steep, snow-covered draw during the stormy weather.
The precaution paid off. After two days of heavy rains on two feet of snow, a debris
flow swept through the area the crew had been working. Longview Timber managers
called it a near miss in which lives may have been saved. As grateful messages went
back through the email chain, it became clear the warning originated from a Weyerhaeuser
"Too often, we hear about things that went wrong and the injuries that happened,"
says Brian Fransen, Environmental Forestry unit manager and Hinkle's supervisor.
"By taking the time to share our safety concerns with friends and co-workers, we
can have a significant influence on the safety of others."
"I've sent similar emails probably dozens of times over the last dozen years," added
Hinkle. "This just happened to be the one time when it came back around. It's an
example of how sharing information — and acting on it — can have a positive