CUMMINS SAW IMPROVEMENTS IN SEVERAL KEY SAFETY METRICS IN 2015, INCLUDING A 15 PERCENT IMPROVEMENT IN THE ERGONOMICS INCIDENCE RATE COMPARED TO LAST YEAR.
The company, however, missed aggressive goals in several categories that Cummins leaders want to improve on in 2016.
“Therewas a lot of good news in 2015, but we set very aggressive targets because the stakes are so high – our employee’s health and well-being,” said Michelle Garner-Janna, Executive Director – Corporate Health & Safety.
“Our workforce is becoming more actively engaged in preventing injuries and promoting healthy and safe behaviors,” she added. “There is always room for improvement, though, when it comes to protecting our most important asset, our employees.”
Highlights for 2015 included:
- The 15 percent improvement in the Ergonomics Incidence Rate, the rate of ergonomics-related injuries per 100 employees, compared to 2014.
- An 8 percent improvement in the Incidence Rate, the relative number of recordable injuries and illnesses per 100 employees, compared to the previous year.
- A 7 percent improvement in the Major Injury Rate, the rate of major injuries per 100 employees, compared to 2014.
The good news also included a 36 percent improvement in the Contractor Incidence Rate and a 13 percent improvement in monthly safety training hours, both compared to 2014.
There are some areas of concern. The Major Injury Rate, for example, declined compared to 2014 but was 86 percent over the company’s goal. Meanwhile, the Severity Case Rate, the number of injuries and illnesses resulting in lost work days per 100 employees, was essentially unchanged compared to 2014, but nowhere near the significant decrease leadership had set as a goal.
The Severity Lost Work Day Rate in 2015, the number of days away from work caused by work-related injuries and illnesses per 100 fulltime employees, was also unchanged compared to 2014 and also missed the aggressive target set by leadership.
Nevertheless, the Incidence Rate, the Severity Case Rate, the Ergo Incidence Rate and the Severity Lost Work Day Rate have all been on a consistent decline since 2011.
Over the past five years, the company has stressed the importance of leaders and employees becoming personally involved in safety and the need for everyone to look after their co-workers in addition to themselves.
In 2016, Corporate Health & Safety plans to implement a safety pledge card campaign to build on its previous efforts to make safety personal. Employees will be asked to sign a pledge to not only look out for the safety of themselves but the safety of their co-workers, too.