RMA honors tire plant excellence in the U.S.

April 14, 2011

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) has honored 18 member company facilities for improvements in worker health and safety.

The RMA’s Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP), created in 1981, recognizes member companies that achieve "significant enhancements" in worker health and safety with awards. The SHIP awards encourage and reward a company’s demonstrated commitment to worker health and safety.

Two categories of awards are presented to companies that demonstrate workplace safety improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workday cases.

1. The "Excellence" category is for facilities that achieve an incidence rate that is 75% better than the average achieved by plants that provided data to RMA.

2. The “Improvement” award is for plants that achieve an incidence rate that is both 10% better than its rate in the previous year and the same or better than the RMA average incidence rate.

Here are the winners.

Tire Sector -- Excellence Awards

Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group, Aiken County, S.C.

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions, Long Beach, Calif.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Kingman, Ariz.

Pirelli Tire LLC, Rome, Ga. (MIRS).

Tire Sector -- Improvement Awards

Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group, Bloomington, Ill.

Bridgestone Americas Tube Business, Russellville, Ark.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Tupelo, Miss.

Michelin North America Inc., Greenville, S.C. (US1); Greenville, S.C. (PRIME).

Oliver Rubber Co., Asheboro, N.C.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio; Buffalo, N.Y.; Gadsden, Ala.; Lawton, Okla.; Topeka, Kan.

Internal Supplier Sector -- Excellence Awards

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Findlay, Ohio (Tall Timbers).

Internal Supplier Sector -- Improvement Awards

Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Aldora Mills, Ga.

Michelin North America Inc., Greenville, S.C. (CPV). Data for the annual survey to determine the extent of workplace safety improvements was collected from 49 RMA member facilities. The data supplied to RMA is identical to information provided to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes injury and illness information on all industries.

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