September 3, 2020
Facility Manager Keith Gettinger has been through numerous safety transformations in his 19 years of manufacturing at Caterpillar. The latest of these transformations began in 2014 when he started work at the Griffin, Georgia, engine assembly facility. At that time, the facility had already achieved a recordable injury frequency (RIF) rate of 1, which was considered best-in-class performance in the industry at the time. But it wasn’t good enough for the Griffin facility, whose leaders wanted to achieve zero injuries.
The Griffin facility rose to the challenge. To eliminate safety incidents, they applied a relentless focus on finding and fixing hazards, addressing risk, and building a strong culture of safety, including a three-part formula that included the following:
Five years later, Griffin’s performance has remained strong—the facility has gone more than one year with no recordable injuries. According to Bryan Boyd, EHS manager for Caterpillar’s Large Power Systems Division (LPSD), Griffin is an exceptional example within LPSD. “One thing I notice in Griffin is that after years of focus on safety from the top down, we’re now seeing it happen from the bottom up,” Boyd says. “I see front-line employees helping one another see and reduce risk, just as they’ve been taught. To me, that’s a sign that their approach is working.”
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