Bridgestone OTR Tire Plant Is Recognized for Safety

Bridgestone Americas Inc.'s off-the-road (OTR) tire plant in Bloomington, Ill., has been recertified for continued participation in the Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program as a Star participant.

Cultivate a culture of safety to protect your employees and keep the shop in compliance with OSHA.

The basics of workplace safety

There are many good reasons to cultivate a culture of safety in a tire dealership. It will help keep employees injury-free and able to perform their duties. It will help keep the shop in compliance with the United States Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. It is also important for liability and insurance purposes.


ALI develops online lift safety course

The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has developed an interactive, online vehicle lift safety course based on its Lifting It Right DVD hosted by racing legends Richard and Kyle Petty.

Cross-Midwest requires its technicians to complete the TIA certification program, which teaches them how to safely service tires and recognize potential hazards. The company requires technicians to use a cage when inflating tires.

Safety-first culture

There are no tire busters at Cross-Midwest Tire Co. Instead, the Kansas City, Kan.-based commercial tire dealer employs tire technicians certified to the safety standards developed by the Tire Industry Association (TIA).

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Embracing effective methods for educating employees

Looking back on my 30 years in the tire business as a trainee and trainer, there are an infinite number of things that I would have done differently. As a young technician working for my dad, I took far too many chances and exercised far too little caution when handling inflated tires. I got lucky more than once. And when I became his unofficial trainer, I did little more than stop a few techs from hurting themselves. Barely.

If this tire develops a sidewall bulge after inflation, the blue  triangle will inform the officer that it is the result of a repair so  the only question will be whether it is within the 3/8-inch limitation.  Without the blue triangle, it is another eight points.

CSA and truck tires

If you spend any time with fleets, you’ve probably heard about the CSA program, or Compliance, Safety, Accountability. CSA is the new initiative from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to measure the on-road safety performance of carriers and drivers.


Video warns techs of truck tire hazards

To celebrate National Tire Safety Week this week, Michelin Americas Truck Tires (MATT) and the Tire Industry Association (TIA) have produced a comprehensive truck tire training video for fleet operators, tire shop managers and maintenance technicians.

Billboards are part of Monroe's 2009 "Saving Squirrels" campaign.

Monroe kicks off 'Saving Squirrels' campaign

Tenneco Inc.’s “Stop Sooner – Replace Your Shocks at 50,000 Miles” campaign will reach millions of vehicle owners this year as a result of an extensive outdoor, Web and radio advertising campaign to be launched this month by the company’s Monroe shocks and struts brand.

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