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Safety is a core value at Weyerhaeuser. We believe that all incidents are preventable and that working injury-free is possible. Because the work we do carries risk, all our facilities and operations use proven tools and systems to identify hazards, mitigate risk, learn from incidents and inspire our people to always make the safe choice — every task, every time.

From our senior leadership to our front-line supervisors, visible, consistent commitment to safety makes a significant impact. Our leaders hold themselves and others accountable for demonstrating caring, safe behaviors and for correcting hazardous situations. Our employees are fully engaged and share responsibility and accountability for safety.


Our ultimate goal is to operate injury-free. We know this is possible because most of our facilities already operate injury-free on a rolling 12-month basis. In 2016, 64 percent of our operations reported no recordable injuries.

In 2016, we rolled out a refreshed safety program that simplified and standardized our critical safety tools and sharpened our focus on managing our highest risk areas. We made this change because while we had been maintaining an industry-leading recordable incident rate for many years (and we're very proud of that accomplishment), we were still experiencing a number of severe injuries in our workplace every year. We find that unacceptable.

To break through to the next level of safety and eliminate life-altering injuries from our workplace, we have shifted our focus to measuring leading indicators for safety that focus on our highest-risk areas. This includes tracking hazards that are found and fixed (we want this number to be high), implementing risk-based safety plans at all our sites (100 percent), and promoting personal accountability for leaders and employees (laid out in our new safety vision and personal safety pledge). In addition, we have de-emphasized our focus on recordable incident rate, and are instead closely monitoring the exact number of severe incidents we experience and sharing lessons learned from these incidents more broadly throughout the organization.

In 2016, we made good progress with our leading indicator targets, but we experienced six severe injuries. Our goal is zero severe injuries, so we rated ourselves "below."

View our safety data

"Nothing we do — no production target, no financial goal, no deadline — is more important than making safe choices."
— Doyle Simons, president and CEO


Our vision is to be a truly safe place to work. To achieve this vision, we focus on accountability and consistency.

Our caring leaders:

  • Set clear expectations
  • Ensure a safe workplace
  • Inspect and follow up
  • Hold people accountable
  • Role-model and motivate

Our engaged employees:

  • Own and commit to safety
  • Assess risk and take action
  • Follow procedures
  • Find and fix hazards
  • Intervene and accept feedback

We consistently:

  • Use a common toolkit
  • Focus on our highest-risk areas
  • Hire, promote and develop for safety excellence

Our standard safety toolkit includes:

  • Annual companywide safety targets
  • A companywide Health and Safety Policy
  • A standard process to report and investigate incidents
  • A database to manage incident data
  • An audit process to assess regulatory compliance and continuous improvement of our safety management system
  • Online training available to all employees
  • Robust communications

We understand that to prevent injury, we must learn from our safety incidents and near misses. We require that all incidents be reported, recorded and investigated according to defined processes based on the type and severity of the incident. Causes must be identified and action taken to prevent recurrence. We collect and analyze information about work-related injury and illness, environmental incidents, near misses, hazard observations, property damage, fire/explosion, vehicle incidents, process loss and product damage.


We do not find it acceptable for any person to lose his or her life while working for us. When fatalities do occur, we conduct a thorough investigation, review findings with our senior management team and board of directors, implement appropriate changes, and share lessons learned with all employees in a timely way.

In 2016, we did not experience any employee fatalities. We did experience two contractor fatalities in our Timberlands operations. In Montana, a yarder operator entered an active falling area and was struck by a felled tree. A truck driver was struck by a log that fell off the trailer while he was adjusting the wrapper in Oregon. Incident investigations were completed and lessons learned were shared with all employees and appropriate contractors.