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Our focus on building strong safety programs and systems as well as increasing employee awareness and engagement have made Carpenter Technology one of the safest industrial companies in the United States. We achieved a total recordable incident rate (TRIR) of 0.6 in FY 2021, a new record low despite the challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the TRIR rate for all industries is 3.0 and for Primary Metal Manufacturing industry 4.4; those are 5x and 7x Carpenter Technology’s TRIR in 2021, respectively.*

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Safety Success

TRIR was 0.6 in
FY 2021. It has
decreased more
than 70% since
FY 2016.

Total Recordable Incident Rate**

Total Recordable Incident Rate

* Total recordable incident rate is defined as OSHA-recordable incidents multiplied by 200,000, divided by total hours worked. Data from Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Incidence rates of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses by industry and case types, 2019.

Data available here.

** Data reflect performance during fiscal year ending June 30.

Strategy & Approach

At Carpenter Technology, safety is our primary Core Value and our highest priority. It is the shared responsibility of every employee to actively participate in all aspects of the safety program and lead on our path to zero injuries. We fully comply with applicable federal and state health and safety regulations and require our contractors and vendors to do the same. To that end, we actively monitor our contractors and ensure that any corrective measures are implemented.

We are proactive in our approach to safety, working to eliminate hazards before causing injury or harm. All employees are empowered to — and expected to — report any health and safety concerns immediately. We enable all employees to STOP work at any time. We invest in our employees, supervisors and managers and engage them in finding workable solutions to achieve a Zero-Injury Workplace. We focus on three areas:


Leaders apply our operating principles and a continuous improvement mindset to advance safety. By spending time in our facilities and on the shop floor, our leaders partner with employees to actively problem-solve together. We actively monitor and manage our safety performance through daily reviews with safety leaders.


We invest in effective management systems, including policies, procedures and training that set standards and expectations for performance. We have a digital reporting platform to enable near real-time analysis of performance trends and leading indicators. Using this system-based approach, we can ensure timely response to potential workplace hazards and be proactive to mitigate risk while reducing or eliminating injury potential.

Employee Engagement

All employees are expected to actively participate in their own safety, and the safety of their colleagues. This starts with peer training on human performance and continues through their daily activities, both at work and at home. Our Critical 7 program is designed to identify and resolve potential hazards, and find solutions to reduce potential injuries. We regularly engage employees through safety campaigns to highlight important issues at work and in the home.


Hand Safe

Always use devices and tools to handle loads or materials.

Human Performance

STOP; discuss pretask briefs and high-risk tasks.


No bullwork; stay within lifting guidelines.

Personal Protective Equipment & Department Checklists

Wear correct gear; check your equipment and work area; report any hazards.

Machine Guards

Always in place and free of damage or STOP.


See it, Own it, Solve it, Do it.

Employee Discussions

Daily active dialogue and listening.

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 introduced unprecedented safety and business challenges across the world. Carpenter Technology recognized these risks and moved quickly to protect the health and safety of our employees and their families.

Our response to the pandemic has been recognized as best practice for manufacturing facilities and was featured in a webinar hosted by the National Safety Council.

Our COVID-19 Task Force, formed in March 2020, focused on three priorities:

  1. Enacting and implementing policies and procedures to create a safe working environment, including:
    • Requiring remote work when possible.
    • Creating modular structures, or “pods,” within our facilities to ensure minimal contact between employees, enhanced cleaning efforts and air gaps between shifts.
    • Establishing self-reporting criteria with isolation protocols.
    • Defining contact tracing procedures to monitor and prevent potential outbreaks onsite.
    • Compensating employees who were not permitted onsite due to potential exposure.
    • Providing onsite rapid testing for employees.
  2. Effective and frequent communications to all employees:

    The Task Force has utilized multiple channels, including a dedicated website to house all our COVID‑19 resources, allowing employees to quickly and easily access health and safety information.

  3. Monitoring each site and the macro environment to proactively identify and address new issues:

    The Task Force is a dedicated, cross-functional team that meets daily to monitor the overall health of our employees and the operation of our sites. In addition, the Task Force monitors and responds quickly to government orders and regulations where we operate.
    We have compiled our COVID‑19 protocols and procedures into a Work Safe Manual, available here.

Covid 19 Response Work Safe Manual Mobile

Through these actions, we prevented widespread infection among our employees. We remained fully operational during the worst of the pandemic, serving our customers and ensuring the reliability of the supply chain for critical industries. Our response demonstrated that we are able to adapt in challenging times to remain resilient and reliable to our many stakeholders.

COVID-19 Food Bank Donations

The COVID‑19 pandemic resulted in economic and financial hardships, including food insecurity. To help address this issue, Carpenter Technology provided financial support to food banks in the communities where we operate.

Carpenter Technology donated more then $100,000 to 26 food banks globally.