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Frontiers March 2013 Issue

LEADERSHIP MESSAGE BOEING FRONTIERS / MARCH 2013 07 Safety first, always Boeing builds the world’s safest, most efficient aerospace products. Yet each day, 400 employees are not at work due to workplace injuries. Every year, 1,500 to 1,800 Boeing employees are hurt on the job and miss time away from work. These are not just numbers; they are members of our team. Each has a story to tell as to how their injuries have impacted their ability to work as well as their home life. Their stories are a reminder that our first priority is creating a safer work environ-ment and we need to protect our teammates the same way we protect our customers. Those are easy words to say, but not always easy to do. We are increasing production rates, delivering more airplanes and repositioning segments of our business due to changes in our markets. Hundreds of new employees join us every day, and experienced employees are taking on new roles at sites and programs across the enterprise. These are great opportunities for us and we are performing at extraordinary levels. At the same time, we can’t allow that to be a reason for our team to suffer injuries at work. For us to achieve our goal of zero injuries, we need to break the myth that workplace injuries are a part of doing business— because this is simply not true. We don’t have to look far to find sites and programs that have distinguished themselves by breaking this myth. (See story on Page 14.) Multiple teams across the enterprise have logged more than 1 million hours without a single lost-time injury; several have extended that level of performance to 2–3 million hours worked. This proves we can achieve outstanding safety performance in a heavy manufacturing environment. But far too many people are still getting hurt. Last year, we experienced painful tragedies—multiple life-threatening accidents and, in December, we lost a member of our Boeing team. We must do more to protect ourselves and one another by changing our mindset to one where we are all responsible for safety, and working without risk of injury is every employee’s expectation. This will require leadership—from every member of our team— to insist on safety first in everything we do; courage to speak up and take action on unsafe conditions without hesitation; and, above all, action by all leaders and all functions to eliminate hazards from our factories, flight lines and offices. The people of Boeing do amazing things. The same focus and dedication that make us leaders in aerospace will make us leaders in workplace safety. If we apply that same spirit to ensuring safety is paramount—critical to everything we do—we can break the myth surrounding safety in the workplace. We will create a culture where we are not satisfied until ours is a zero-injury workplace. n PHOTO: BOB FERGUSON/BOEING Kim Smith Vice president, Environment, Health and Safety We can’t be satisified until there are zero injuries in the workplace


Frontiers March 2013 Issue
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