Lockheed Martin employees use PPE due to COVID-19 protocols in Baltimore, Maryland.

Workplace Safety and Wellness


Ensure a safe and healthy workforce and workplace through ergonomic and operational design, protective work practices, worker resilience and targeted safety and health risk reduction techniques.


Maintaining a safe work environment for all of our employees is vital to Lockheed Martin’s success. Our Environment, Safety & Health (ESH) Strategy goes beyond compliance to ensure safe work conditions, create a healthy work environment, promote workforce resiliency and enhance business value. We have an ESH Leadership Council that meets at least four times a year to develop and monitor our ESH strategies and evaluate performance. The ESH Leadership Council comprises senior leaders across all Business Areas directly responsible for ESH as well as from various corporate functions critical to the success of ESH programs.

Lockheed Martin Corporate Environment, Safety and Health Structured Improvement Activity event team

Lockheed Martin Corporate Environment, Safety and Health (CESH) Structured Improvement Activity (SIA) event team at the Waterton facility near Littleton, Colorado.

Target Zero is Lockheed Martin’s main Safety and Health program, which combines leadership commitment and employee engagement to prevent injuries and protect our most important assets: our people. We engage with our stakeholders to integrate, enable and instill core safety and health competencies. Our risk-based approach targets prioritized workplace conditions, promotes safety interventions and leverages preventive processes to keep personnel safe.

An initiative that falls under our Target Zero program is Target Zero (TZ) Leader. Through TZ Leader, Lockheed Martin drives leadership accountability to maintain a robust safety culture. Leaders across the company are encouraged to take proactive measures to engage employees in safety activities such as facilitating open discussions on safety, recognizing positive safety and health behaviors and being physically present in team work environments. In 2020, over 303,489 TZ Leader safety actions were taken by leaders on several safety activities including delivering safety messages to employees, conducting floor walks, supporting ergonomic related actions and implementing safety improvements.

Lockheed Martin employees packaging face shields

Lockheed Martin employees packaging face shields at an Aeronautics facility.

One way in which we continually improve our workplace safety initiatives is through our annual Target Zero Structured Improvement Activity (TZ SIA) events across our Business Areas. The TZ SIA’s facilitate the identification and mitigation of workplace hazards through collaboration of multifunctional teams. In 2020, we conducted five events across five sites involving 27 operational areas, with focuses on safety topics such as ergonomic postures and risks and material handling.

As part of our 2020 Safety Month, the ESH organization encouraged Lockheed Martin employees to commit to the “Zero in on Safety IDEA” technique to manage potential workplace health and safety risks. First, assess the situation to identify (ID) safety risk; next, evaluate (E) the situation to determine the best course of action to address the risk; finally, act (A) by communicating or reporting safety concerns to colleagues and leaders to mitigate the risk. Maintaining strong safety skills and risk management tools are important to our employees, whether working in Lockheed Martin facilities or virtually from home.

We also work to build employee health and wellness awareness, emphasizing preventive care and support. We combine employee medical benefits coverage with other health-related programs, resources and amenities including on-site flu shots, medical centers, walking paths and healthy food services. Employees and their families have access to many resources including a physical activity program, financial wellness resources and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).[1] In 2020, we leveraged the expertise and reach several functional organizations to connect employees with the information and tools necessary to keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also expanded our EAP to provide extra support to employees as they shifted to work from home and dealt with other stressors in the wake of COVID-19. For more information on Lockheed Martin’s COVID-19 response efforts, please refer to our COVID-19 Response section of this report and website.

[1] The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a program available to employees and their dependents that provides services such as emotional support, work-life solutions, legal guidance and financial resources.

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The Three W’s

2020 SMP Goals

Achieve or outperform day away case and severity rate goals.


Partial Success: Our day-away rate was 0.23 and our severity rate was 5.06.  We did not meet our 2020 targets as a result of direct and measurable effects from the impact of COVID-19. Challenges on Transitional Duty Program (TDP) execution, occupational COVID-19 illness cases and external health services stressed by COVID-19 support were identified as the key contributing factors.

Workplace Safety and Wellness
Lockheed Martin 2020 COVID-19 Safety Moments Video Series

Lockheed Martin implemented a strategic and integrated communications plan, completed extensive communication campaigns and supported employee engagement activities throughout 2020. The ambitious 2020 Target Zero Communication Campaign transitioned traditional safety and health “Zero in on Safety” content to communications that addressed the corporation’s greatest safety and health challenge: COVID-19. The COVID-19 Safety Moments video series delivered entertaining educational videos driving awareness on infection control measures and available resources. The aim was to reinforce appropriate employee actions during the pandemic, foster employee engagement and counter COVID-19 misinformation. Employees enjoyed the content so much that Lockheed Martin made it available externally so that employees could share the videos with their friends and family.

Workplace Safety and Wellness
2020 Ergo Cup Competition

The Lockheed Martin Corporate Environment, Safety & Health (CESH) team sponsored the 7th annual Ergo Cup Competition in 2020. The competition fosters ideas for new ergonomic practices and processes to minimize ergonomic stressors experienced in the workplace. Employees from all Business Areas are encouraged to submit their ergonomic innovations. One such innovative project submitted was the CH-53K Landing Gear Installation Tool.

The CH-53K King Stallion helicopter, Lockheed Martin’s new heavy lift aircraft, began its low rate production in the summer of 2019. The size and complexity of this rotary-wing aircraft, which is the largest in production at Lockheed Martin, presented opportunities for technological changes to the assembly line in Stratford, Connecticut, that are improving production and reducing ergonomic risk inherent in the build process.

One identified opportunity involved the installation of the aircraft’s landing gear. The legacy process required multiple mechanics to support the 400-pound landing gear while aligning and securing it into position. In addition to the weight, the landing gear was installed in a confined space beneath the aircraft, putting the installers under significant physical stress.

The solution: The new CH-53K landing gear installation tool. This technology is a holding fixture capable of installing and removing the landing gear in all positions in final assembly. The tool also serves as a transport dolly with four independent locking casters, which allow seamless movement on the production floor. The tool uses a remote control to rotate and lift the landing gear in place, supporting 100 percent of the weight. This technology enables elimination of manual lifting and sustained holding of the landing gear, as well as the physical stresses of manually installing it from a confined space beneath the aircraft.

This innovation delivers significant labor efficiency by limiting the number of mechanics needed to perform the work, while greatly reducing the risk of injury. The CH-53K landing gear installation tool is a great example of technological innovations developed by employees of Lockheed Martin to improve the overall work experience and to maximize value for our customer.

Workplace Safety and Wellness
Promoting Ergonomics in Remote Work

Lockheed Martin is committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, both in our facilities and at work in their homes. With the transition to remote work due to COVID-19, we encourage our employees to take the proper precautions in their individual work-from-home environments to keep them working safely and efficiently. Lockheed Martin provides employees with ergonomics guidance for health and safety, and employees can self-evaluate their workspace by using ErgoSuite on their own computers. ErgoSuite is a software solution with features such as coaching to encourage brief breaks, stretching and movement; guided self-evaluations; and education on ergonomic principles. Resources provided to employees in 2020 included workstation set-up posters, mindful ergonomics infographics and guidance on makeshift standing workstations, working from a couch and sitting at a fixed-height table.

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