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Employee Safety

The safety of our approximately 43,000 colleagues around the world is an essential component of our commitment to be a great employer. We strive every day to foster a proactive safety culture through the execution of our Enterprise Safety Strategy, which is based on a philosophy that every accident is preventable and with a goal of zero accidents. Our division-driven approach ensures we have a shared responsibility to protect the well-being of every ITW colleague.

A Strategic Approach to Safety

Our Enterprise Safety Strategy is based on the following core principles:

  • Goal is zero accidents
  • Shared ownership for safety (business and individual)
  • Take a proactive approach focused on accident prevention
  • Apply the continuous improvement philosophy

Our Framework for an Effective Divisional Safety Management Program

Every accident is preventable, and our shared goal is zero accidents.

Leadership engagement coupled with individual employee responsibility drive our safety journey. A strong focus on continuous improvement, communicating progress and celebrating success.

Each division will have at least one safety committee consisting of both employees and management.

Clear safety messaging in the workplace and the sharing of best practices within and among divisions.

Continuously acquire and reinforce the skills necessary to improve safe work practices.

Prevent accidents by identifying and reporting hazards.

Each division has implemented a process to identify and eliminate hazards, including risk analysis, near-miss reporting, sharing best practices and implementing corrective action.

Ensure root cause identification and corrective action with a sense of urgency.

Use data to track and drive safety performance improvements.

Every ITW division strives to meet or exceed all applicable regulatory obligations.

Progress Toward Our Goal

2020 marked our fifth year executing the Enterprise Safety Strategy across all ITW divisions, and we are pleased to report that we achieved a 33 percent reduction in lost time accidents in our facilities year over year. This improvement demonstrates clear progress as we enhance our culture of safety and continue a journey to zero accidents.

Lost Time Accidents