BAE Systems Case Study

“A very, very challenging year.” That’s how Jim McNamara, Combat Mission Systems (CMS) Safety, Health, and Environmental Director for BAE Systems,describes 2022. The company saw an alarming seventyone recordable injuries that year at its York, Pennsylvania, plant, where 2,000 workers manufacture combat vehicles for the U.S. Army and amphibious vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps.
Building combat vehicles can be dangerous, requiring heavy manual fabrication and assembly work. A surge in production and an influx of new employees contributed to make 2022 one of BAE Systems’ most challenging years for safety performance. Like many companies, BAE Systems was reactive when it came to safety, instead of focusing on what was creating exposures in the first place.
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