RMA Awards Industry for Achievements in Worker Safety

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 11, 2014 – Five tire manufacturers were recognized for improvements in worker health and safety at the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s annual meeting today.

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.

“Safety is RMA members’ top priority for their products and their workplaces,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “We are proud to recognize this commitment to 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. The “Excellence” category is for facilities that achieve A Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) 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 a Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) 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.
For 2014, five Excellence awards and 11 Improvement Awards were presented.

Excellence Awards

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. – Long Beach, California
Oxford, North Carolina

Michelin North America – Starr-Anderson, South Carolina (US10)
Starr, South Carolina (US8)

Pirelli Tire LLC – Rome, Georgia

Improvement Awards

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. – Wilson, North Carolina
Abilene, Texas

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company – Tupelo, Mississippi
Clarksdale, Mississippi

Michelin North America, Inc. – Sandy Springs, South Carolina (US2)
Spartanburg, South Carolina (US3)
Fort Wayne, Indiana (BFG4)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama (BFG3)

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company – Buffalo, New York
Gadsden, Alabama
Lawton, Oklahoma

Forty-two RMA member facilities supplied data for the annual survey to determine the extent of workplace safety improvements. The data supplied to RMA is identical to information provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes annual injury and illness information on all industries.

Photos of the industry award recipients can be viewed here.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S. All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.