U.S. Tire Manufacturers Recognized for Achievements in Worker Safety

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4, 2017 – Four tire manufacturers were recognized for excellence and improvements in worker health and safety by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).


RMA’s Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP), created in 1981, recognizes member companies for excellence and improvement in worker health and safety with awards. The SHIP awards reflect RMA members’ demonstrated commitment to worker health and safety.


“RMA members are committed to promoting a strong safety culture at their company facilities,” said Anne Forristall Luke, RMA president and CEO. “RMA’s annual SHIP Award recognizes these efforts that achieve measureable advancements in worker safety.”


Two categories of awards are presented to companies that demonstrate workplace safety excellence and 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 is the same or better than the RMA average incidence rate.


Four Excellence Awards and 12 Improvement Awards were presented.


Forty-seven plants from RMA member companies supplied data for the annual survey to be eligible for awards. 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.



Excellence Awards  
Michelin North America, Inc. Columbia, South Carolina (US5)
  Greenville, South Carolina (TWEEL)
  Midland City, Alabama (US4)
  Starr, South Carolina (US8)       
Improvement Awards  
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Bloomington, Illinois
  Long Beach, California
  Warren County, Tennessee
  Wilson, North Carolina
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company  Tupelo, Mississippi
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company  Akron, Ohio
  Lawton, Oklahoma
Michelin North America, Inc.  Ardmore, Oklahoma (US9)
  Asheboro, North Carolina (ASH - Oliver)
  Greenville, South Carolina (PRIME)  
  Norwood, North Carolina (US11)   
  Sandy Springs, South Carolina (US2)



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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.