PACCAR strives for excellence in quality, excellence in productivity and excellence in safety performance.
Continued vigilance on all matters related to workplace safety is a cornerstone that keeps our facilities profitable and employees safe.
Many company facilities have implemented OSHAS 18001 as the health and safety management system.
PACCAR's consistent focus on workplace safety has resulted in a recordable injury/illness rate about 50 percent lower than the industry average.
Safety is a top priority during employee orientation at all facilities. At our newest facility, the DAF-Brasil Assembly Plant in Ponta Grossa, Brasil (2013), employees completed a thorough safety training course before production started to ensure they adopt PACCAR's commitment to a strong safety culture. This resulted in a first full year of operation in 2014 without one lost time accident.
Safety is the responsibility of each PACCAR employee. Company managers address safety items every day in morning meetings, provide regular refresher training, and use PACCAR Production System boards located in plant communication centers to provide all employees with visibility to the status of all safety action items.
Senior management demonstrates its commitment to workplace safety each year when the President's Cup for Excellence in Safety is awarded at a Company ceremony attended by senior officials from all Company locations. The award is presented to those facilities that best demonstrate excellence in employee training, procedures and engineering safeguards.
The 2014 President's Cup for Excellence in Safety for Truck Division was presented by PACCAR Chief Financial Officer Bob Christensen to Peterbilt's Operations Manager Leon Handt and Peterbilt’s General Manager Darrin Siver for the best safety record in PACCAR.
PACCAR Engines was rewarded the safety award for Non Truck Division for just having one lost time accident during the whole year of 2014. And PACCAR Parts showed the best improvement in safety performance. This division achieved a more than 80% reduction in lost workdays due to work accidents in three years.
DAF Trucks received special recognition by the employers’ association and the unions in the Netherlands metal branch for achieving a five times reduction in lost time accidents in 10 years’ time.
DAF Trucks Operations Director (right) DAF crew celebrating the award