Backing up for safety
Cargill’s safety culture is constantly adapting as new safety challenges arise. With agriculture being one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S., it is Cargill’s goal to help eliminate as many risks on farm as possible.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that every 3 days a child dies in an agriculture-related incident. This danger is familiar for those Cargill employees in the Mid-Atlantic region. In the early 2000s tragedy struck when three children were killed by non-farm vehicles coming onto farms. When people would visit the farm, they would pull their vehicles in and park. The children not knowing any better would play behind the back wheel-wells and would not be seen when the person went to leave, ending in disaster.
Shortly afterwards, the local Cargill teams came together to think of how as a company, who is a leader in safety, could help to prevent these dangerous situations. They quickly implemented the rule that all employees must back into parking spots on any and all farm visits. Backing in to the parking spot allowed drivers to have a clearer line of sight when leaving farms, creating a safer exit.
This rule slowly transitioned into all Cargill offices and plants within the region. Many employees even implement this in their private lives by backing in at home and when parking in public. Today this proactive safety rule continues to allow both families and employees to remain safe on the farm.