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The safety and well-being of our approximately 48,000 colleagues comes before anything else and is an essential component of our responsible journey. 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 shared goal of zero accidents.

A Strategic Approach to Safety

Our Enterprise Safety Strategy and safety excellence vision are based on the following core principles:

  • Goal is Zero Accidents
  • Shared Ownership for Safety (Business & Individual)
  • Take a Proactive Approach Focused on Accident Prevention
  • Apply the Continuous Improvement Philosophy

Our Framework for an Effective Divisional Safety Program

1. Safety Vision

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

2. Leadership & Employee Engagement

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

3. Safety Committees

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

4. Communication

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

5. Training

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

6. Audits/Hazard Identification

Prevent accidents by identifying and reporting hazards.

7. Risk Prevention

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

8. Accident Investigation

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

9. Performance Measurement

Use data to track and drive safety performance improvements.

10. Compliance

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

As an enterprise, we placed particular emphasis on Audits/Hazard Identification and Risk Prevention in 2018. This proactive approach resulted in identification and implementation of well over 100 specific health and safety improvement projects – clear evidence of the impact of our Enterprise Safety Strategy. These projects ranged from relatively simple hazard recognition initiatives to web-based safety training programs.

Our 2018 Global Safety Performance and Data

Through the ongoing implementation of the Enterprise Safety Strategy throughout all ITW divisions, we are pleased to report that we saw a 23 percent reduction in lost time accidents in our facilities from 2017 to 2018. This improvement demonstrates clear progress as we enhance our culture of safety and continue our journey to our goal of zero accidents. Also supporting our culture of safety is a review of safety performance and related safety topics at our annual global leadership meeting. This topic is a priority for ITW leaders, and details regarding our progress and continuous improvement actions are discussed.

Using the safety framework as a guide, our businesses can address their specific needs and unique risk profiles. In addition, we continue to evaluate our safety metrics to ensure we are tracking data that will assist in driving safety performance improvements.

Lost Time Accidents
  • Number of accidents

  • Number of fatalities

Government Safety Inspections1
  • Number of Inspections

Government Safety Inspections’ Resulting Fines1
  • Fines in U.S. dollars

12017 government safety inspections and 2017 government safety inspections’ resulting fines, as reported in our 2017 CSR report, have been updated in this report.