Safety Update

Safety Update


Good SAFETY performance is important and contributes to the bottom line.

Detroit Chassis is showing improvements in SAFETY and the team is focusing on making the SAFETY Program more robust. The Incident Rate for 2015 is 6.19 just above the industry average. Our goal is to achieve World Champion performance so clearly we have work to do to realize better results in SAFETY. Everyone on board is excited about working together to improve our SAFETY performance.

Near miss and Unsafe Conditions are also tracked, discussed at length in various meetings and precautionary measures are implemented to eliminate the cause and keep the incident from reoccurring.

You can help with this process. The first step is to recognize a hazard in the workplace, for example “A puddle of fluid on the floor, seems simple but what you do with the puddle is a different story. Do you walk through the puddle, assuming it is only water? What about the oil or grease on the bottom of your shoe? When you introduce water, you create a potential slip issue. A slip issue that could have been prevented if:

  • the puddle had been reported to Facilities/Supervisor
  • the puddle had been cleaned up or the area blocked off until additional resources could help
  • travelers walked around the puddle

Some health and safety hazards are not always obvious. Hazard recognition also includes:

  • Identify potential hazards in your work area
  • Identify the adverse effects that may be associated with the hazard
  • Determining whether there is a possibility of people being exposed or affected by the hazard

If a potential hazard is recognized using these three steps, the hazard must then be assessed. Hazard assessment is a process of evaluating an identified workplace hazard. The assessment covers equipment, process and work procedures. An assessment considers which Associates, if any, are exposed – or likely to be exposed – to an identified
hazard and for how long.

  • Lacking Machine guards
  • Biological or Chemical hazards
  • Ergonomic hazards
  • Excessive noise, vibration, energy, weather, heat, cold, electricity, radiation and pressure

If you see or are experiencing any of these hazards or have any additional concerns, please contact your Department leaders for help.