Six tire manufacturers were recognized for advancing worker health and safety in 2017 by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA).
USTMA’s Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP), created in 1981, has traditionally recognized member companies for excellence and improvement in worker health and safety. This year, USTMA is expanding the program to recognize member companies for the proactive steps taken to improve workplace safety and health cultures. USTMA’s new Leadership Award honors companies that promote innovative practices to improve worker safety.
“USTMA members share a vision for the U.S. tire manufacturing industry of zero injuries in the workplace,” said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO. “USTMA’s annual SHIP Awards demonstrate our members’ progress toward meeting that vision.”
Three categories of awards were presented to companies that advanced worker health and safety. USTMA’s new Leadership Award honored companies that shared successful safety initiatives among all USTMA members in 2017. USTMA’s traditional Excellence and Improvement Awards honor facilities that demonstrated workplace safety excellence and improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workday cases.
Four Leadership Awards, Five Excellence Awards and 11 Improvement Awards were presented.
Forty-seven plants including tread rubber manufacturing, inner tube manufacturing, aircraft tire manufacturing, and tire manufacturing from USTMA member companies supplied data for the annual survey to be eligible for awards. The data supplied to USTMA is identical to information provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes annual injury and illness information on all industries.