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The safety of our approximately 45,000 colleagues around the world is an essential component of our commitment to be a great employer. Guided by our Enterprise Safety Strategy and the philosophy that every accident is preventable, we strive every day to foster a proactive safety culture. With our shared goal of zero accidents, 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 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

Each division has implemented 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 strives to meet or exceed all applicable regulatory obligations.

In 2019, we continued to emphasize Audits/Hazard Identification and Risk Prevention. Our proactive approach resulted in identifying and implementing health and safety improvement projects, ranging from simple hazard recognition initiatives to the increased use of web-based safety training programs utilized by colleagues around the globe.

Many of our businesses also pursue third-party certifications as part of ITW’s ongoing drive for safety excellence. At the end of 2019, 60 sites, or approximately 14 percent, had ISO45001 and/or OHSAS 18001 safety management system certification.

Enterprise Training Resources

As part of ITW’s decentralized culture, we empower our divisions to utilize continuing education measures that are most applicable to their business. To augment these efforts, we offer several safety education tools across the enterprise, including PureSafety, a comprehensive, web-based training used to further educate the workforce on the ever-changing methods, standards and regulations that govern our industries. PureSafety is available globally and offered in several languages so global ITW colleagues can take advantage of this enterprise safety education tool.

Our 2019 Global Safety Performance and Data

2019 marked our fourth year executing the Enterprise Safety Strategy across all ITW divisions, and we are pleased to report that we achieved a 15 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 on a journey to zero accidents. Our total recordable incident rate (TRIR) and lost time incident rate (LTIR) decreased 16 percent and 10 percent year over year, respectively. For 2019, our TRIR was 1.7 incidents per 100 employees, and our LTIR was 0.9 incidents per 100 employees.

Lost Time Accidents
  • Number of accidents

Fatalities*
  • Number of fatalities

Government Safety
Inspections
  • Number of inspections

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

Medical Treatment Incidents
  • Number of incidents

* Aligned with the Industrial Machinery and Goods Sustainability Accounting Standard under SASB’s Sustainable Industry Classification System®