RMA Announces Safety Awards for Member Facilities

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WASHINGTON, D.C.April 17, 2012 – 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.
“Today’s awards are clear evidence of this industry’s 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 achieve by plants that provide 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.

For 2012, four Excellence awards and 10 Improvement Award were presented.

Excellence Awards:

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.- Aiken County, South Carolina

Michelin North America, Inc. – Spartanburg, South Carolina
Starr, South Carolina

Pirelli Tire LLC – Rome, Georgia

Improvement Awards:

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

Michelin North America, Inc. – Greenville, South Carolina
Sandy Springs, South Carolina
Dothan, Alabama
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Covington, Georgia

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company – Topeka, Kansas
Lawton, Oklahoma
Social Circle, Georgia

Forty-one 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 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.