In 2019 we celebrated GM’s sixth annual Global Safety Week, taking time to collectively reaffirm our commitment to keeping our customers, ourselves and our colleagues safe. This year’s Safety Week focused on the GM behavior “One Team.” Throughout the week, we shared safety success stories across the company; highlighted teams and individuals who have gone above and beyond as Safety Heroes; and participated in quizzes, all-employee meetings and global broadcasts.
Given this year’s focus on teamwork, we included our supply base in the week’s activities and gained active participation from our joint ventures. We also invited a customer to share their emotional story of how our product saved their life.
Hear from our employees about “One Team” for safety.
During a Colorado snowstorm, Kurt Marrs’ 2019 GMC Terrain slid off an icy mountain road and flipped several times before coming to rest in a ravine. Remarkably, Marrs and his passenger were unharmed and returned home safely. Marrs wrote a heartfelt letter to GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra expressing his gratitude: “I am absolutely convinced that the Terrain helped save our lives or kept us from being severely injured. I am grateful that GMC embraces technology and innovation to make vehicles that are not only attractive but, most importantly, safe to drive.”
Anush Antony noticed confusion among drivers in the parking garage of the GM Technical Centre in Bangalore during his daily commute. Vehicles were failing to stop at striped pedestrian crossing zones, putting employees and visitors at risk. In addition, new visitors to the Centre often thought the entry ramp into the garage was an exit. Anush took to heart the many safety messages he had heard as a GM employee and felt empowered to share his concerns with the Centre’s safety team. He even took extra time to develop low-cost improvements that would keep hundreds of people safer each day. As a result, speed breakers have been placed near the striped pedestrian crossings to slow traffic and the first floor of the parking garage has been dedicated to visitor parking.
As an integration engineer for new assembly cells at Parma Metal Center in Cleveland, Ohio, Rich Eucker continually looks for ways to make T1 truck assembly cells perform better and more safely. Rich was alerted to a condition where safety doors would drift several inches even after being shut off, which could be unsafe for techs. He and his team introduced an electric brake that would stop the safety door immediately without affecting other circuits. For Rich, safety is personal. “I’ve been here a long time, and I know a lot of these techs,” Rich says. “We had to find a way to keep everyone safe.”