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Safety Performance

We monitor and measure several safety metrics across our operations, including Days Away, Restricted or Transferred Case Rate (DART), and Total Recordable Case Rate (TRCR), which measure the frequency of safety incidents that occur within our facilities


52% Reduction

(-10% YoY)
Total Recordable Case Rate

Of all manufacturing sites were also certified to the ISO 45001 standard for occupational health and safety

2018—2022 Safety Performance(1)


in Total Recordable Cases (TRCR) from 2018 to 2022


in Days Away, Restricted, & Transferred (DART) cases per 100 full -time employees from 2018 to 2022

Annual data as of December 31 — end of each reporting year

  1. TRCR and DART are calculated per the US OSHA definition for the Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) and the Days Away, Restricted or transferred (DART) Rate.

Our management system approach to environmental, health, and safety (EHS) includes:

  • EHS Policy and Global EHS Directives that establish the Company’s standard expectations — which often exceed our compliance obligations — and framework for EHS performance across our operations.
  • Training across a wide variety of safety topics, including peer-to-peer observations and interventions.
  • Employee-led joint management safety committees that focus on improving our safety culture by identifying and addressing unsafe conditions, reinforcing safe acts, and instructing one-on-one safe work practices.
  • Extensive auditing, measurement, and process redesign to enhance Safety & Health.
  • Regular monitoring of our safety performance, which enables accountability at all levels of the organization.
  • Award and recognition programs, including our annual Chairman’s Awards for Safety, EHS Excellence and Sustainability; Safety Leadership
  • Award for Plant/General Managers, Business Unit President Awards, citations for high-performing employees who make superior contributions to the business, and “Best Practice” designation for site-level projects that are innovative, impactful, and transferable across the enterprise.

EHS Best Practices

“Every year, facilities are invited to submit their best EHS projects of the year for the Annual Best Practices Contest.”

In our Cleveland, Ohio facility, during the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) extruding process, an extruding operator was expected to lift a 45-pound slug tray from waist level, 30 inches up to the return conveyor. This action took place every 10 to 15 minutes. A hands-free pneumatic lifting apparatus replaced the manual lifting procedure, eliminating the repetitive motion of lifting a weight frequently, and decreasing the possibility of musculoskeletal injuries.

In our Guarulhos, Brazil facility, our safety improvement program involved a Safety Culture diagnosis including: an online employee questionnaire and in-person focus groups. Beliefs and values were identified as well as strengths in the safety program. Opportunities for improvement were also identified and presented to a leadership team. Face-to-face meetings between employees and the leadership team then occurred along with a hands-on activity to formalize a plan for improving safety culture. The result was a reduction of accidents that included medical leave as well as improvements in awareness and incident reporting.

Improving Safety in Welding Wire Winding The operation of a welding wire winder is labor intensive and poses potential hazards due to sharp wire ends. In our Mentor, Ohio facility, supply wire is now manufactured on a drawing line and wound onto reels, reducing ergonomic and safety risks. Full reels are rolled into an adjacent, fully automated rewind line. The rewind line forms the core, secures the start end, winds the spool, secures the wire to the coil, labels the coil, and loads the coil onto a pallet.