Daniel Defense Goes Two Years Without Safety Incident

So, this is not a release about some sexy new product.  It is a nod to a company that has done a good job of maintaining a safe workplace for their employees.

Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced it had reached a safety milestone at its Black Creek, Georgia, manufacturing facility.

This anniversary marks 500,000 hours and two years without an OSHA Recordable or lost-time injury. “We are extremely proud of this achievement, which continues to be made possible through the strong advocacy of our exceptional workforce and a comprehensive approach to safety awareness, training, and continuous improvement,” said Sean Polwort, Director of Training and Safety.

Safety is a core value for Daniel Defense and an integral part of operations. Each employee understands a robust health and safety culture is fundamental to company growth and success. Attaining this significant milestone was accomplished through active feedback and participation in various environmental, health and safety training programs.

500,000 hours is a pretty decent chunk (I think that equates to around 120 employees?) of time to go without a reportable injury.  I’m not sure of their history prior to this milestone, but kudos to them!

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • Phillip Cooper

    It’s around 240 employees, assuming they’re fulltime. 500000 divided by 2080. Because Math hard, or something.
    Stay tuned to the firearm blog for the hardhitting news- stories coming up soon:
    -What IS that stuff in the breakroom fridge?
    -Food trucks soon to come to manufacturer’s facilities
    -new HR package coming to

    • M.M.D.C.

      Is snark among the side effects of your cold meds?

      Me? I have no excuse. 😉

      • Phillip Cooper

        Apparently so.

        Stupid, most definitely 🙂

        We won’t even get into the stupid thing I just did in Active Directory at work. I really ought to be banned from it today (SOOOO not doing any GPO edits! They can wait till next week!)

        • lucusloc

          You know what is a really good utility for an AD server? Fdisk. You should try it sometime. If you use it while on meds it works even better! 😉

          (Don’t listen to me, I’m an ass)

          • Phillip Cooper

            I’m entirely too smart to fall for that one…

            … now, 16 years ago as a cherry admin, I may or may not have fallen for :
            Servername:$> rm -rf

            … on a mission-critical production server, no less.

            Worst. Day. EVAR!

    • Doc Rader

      Heh. I was going to say… 🙂

  • sam

    Good job, good job, but it’s a permanent, brick-and-mortar facility right? Well, I don’t want to arc a stream into anyone’s cheerios.

  • Bal256

    Good for them. They ought to celebrate with a pizza party.

  • Swarf

    Aaand you jinxed them. Hello catastrophe.

  • Don Ward

    *Slow clap*

  • ruinator

    Hell I dont work for them, and I went 30 minutes yesterday without an accident

  • tony

    Ok…is that something that they should be proud of?
    Think of Springfield Armory, Ruger, all other big names…

  • MatKep

    As an Occupational Health & Safety Consultant, I can say that 2 yrs without an OSHA recordable in a manufacturing setting is very impressive. It is a testament to the culture at DD. Congratulations.

    -Board Certified Safety Professional and DDM4 owner.

    • JLR84

      I would guess that it depends heavily on the type of manufacturing environment.

      If they’re mostly just doing parts assembly, I would think that’s fairly low risk. Doing actual machining and forging and the like would presumably be higher risk. I’m not really sure how much they do in-house and how much is farmed out.

      • Adam

        They manufacture almost every single part in-house.

        • tony

          They roll their own springs?

    • BS

      Can you describe what it takes to be an OSHA recordable incidents? I have a limited knowledge of a lost-time injury and my observation is that if they can find a way to get you to work, regardless of the injury, it’s not recorded as lost time.

  • Grindstone50k

    That’s nice.

  • ProdigalSon

    As someone who works in an industrial environment, yes, that’s quite impressive. Given that DD makes most of their parts in-house, rather than just assembling (or so I understand it), going two years is an achievement. Props to them for maintaining worker safety.

  • EHW2

    Wait doesn’t Daniel Defense manufacture a ton of stuff that LEOs and Military use? You know, stuff that Colt used to handle?

  • andy

    as a tradesmen thank you for giving credit were it’s due

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    Excellent. I’ve been checking out their .300 blk uppers. I’ll enjoy it even more knowing no one was injured making it.

  • MR

    All in all, a better press release than BP’s announcement that 2010 was their safest year on record.