RMA Awards Industry for Achievements in Worker Safety

 2011 SHIP Award Winners

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.April 14, 2011 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association today recognized eighteen member company facilities for improvements in worker health and safety.

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.

“Today’s awards are clear evidence of this industry’s strong and tireless commitment to worker safety,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO.

Two categories of awards are presented to companies that demonstrate workplace safety improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workday cases. The “Excellence” category is for facilities that achieve an incidence rate that is 75 percent better than the average achieved by plants that provided data to RMA.

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

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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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

RMA Tire Repair Information Available for Download

 Additional Format Offers More Access to Important Safety Information

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.April 5, 2011 - – Longstanding industry guidelines for passenger and light truck tire repair are now more easily accessible to tire professionals through the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s (RMA) website.

In addition to a wall-chart of step-by-step, industry-recommended tire repair practices, RMA now offers the information in a free, downloadable format. A tire repair video news release and a consumer-friendly information sheet also are available.

“Proper tire repair is an essential consumer safety practice,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Faulty or improper repairs may result in tires placed back into service that are at greater risk of failure.”

A 2006 RMA study of more than 14,000 scrap tires found that 17 percent of tires had a tire repair. Of that subset, 88 percent of the repairs were improper.

Among several criteria to perform a proper repair are:

  • Repairs are limited to the tread area only (No sidewall repairs!)
  • Puncture injury cannot be greater than 1/4 inch (6mm) in diameter
  • Repairs must be performed by removing the tire from the rim/wheel assembly to perform a complete inspection to assess all damage that may be present
  • Repairs cannot overlap
  • A rubber stem, or plug, must be applied to fill the puncture injury and a patch must be applied to seal the inner liner. A common repair unit is a one-piece unit with a stem and patch portion. A plug by itself is an unacceptable repair

Earlier this year, a California jury awarded a $14 million judgment against an auto dealer for improperly repairing a tire that eventually failed and contributed to a fatal van crash.

“Tire and automotive service professionals need to understand how to determine whether a tire can be repaired and then how to repair it correctly,” Cannon said.

RMA’s wall chart is available for purchase at www.rma.org, Or download a free version at this link:http://www.rma.org/tire_safety/tire_maintenance_and_safety/tire_repair. A one-page, consumer-friendly tire repair fact sheet also is available. Additionally, the page links to the Tire Industry Association’s web page (www.tireindustry.org) for information about training programs.

“Consumers need to know that to ensure their safety; a proper tire repair takes more than ten minutes and $10, “Cannon said. “If someone tells you that, you should take it somewhere else and have it done right.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.