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USTMA recognizes seven tire manufacturers for worker safety

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The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has awarded seven tire manufacturers with a 2019 Sustainability Award for Safety and Health for their work in advancing occupational health and safety.

“USTMA members share an aspirational vision for the U.S. tire manufacturing industry of zero injuries and illnesses in the workplace,” said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO. “This recognition highlights the safety programs, technologies and systems that advance progress toward meeting our vision on workplace safety.”

Created in 1981 as USTMA’s “Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP) Awards,” USTMA renamed and expanded the program in 2018 as the “Sustainability Awards for Safety and Health,” to better recognize the proactive steps the association’s members have taken to improve workplace safety and health.

“In recent years OSHA, leading safety and health experts, and USTMA members have recognized that when addressing workplace safety and health, measuring for success has to go beyond data collection of injury rates” said Jesse Levine, USTMA Director, Environment and Safety Regulatory Affairs. “What we’ve learned is that achieving true success in this area is also driven by factors such as a strong organizational culture and effective systems and processes. USTMA members are constantly striving for ways to improve these indicators, and we are proud to recognize the cultures and systems driving workplace safety at our members’ facilities through the new awards.”

Leadership Award

The Leadership Award recognizes companies that share successful safety initiatives with all USTMA members.

  • Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Michelin North America, Inc.

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award recognizes companies that implement proactive programs, technologies, or systems to improve workplace safety and health systems and cultures.

  • Michelin North America, Inc.
  • Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Excellence Award

The Excellence Awards are provided to facilities that have a Days Away, Restricted or Transfer (DART) rate, which measures serious injuries and illnesses in the workplace, that is 75 percent better than the industry average.

  • Michelin North America, Inc.
    • Dothan, Alabama (US4)
    • Greenville, South Carolina (TWEEL)
  • Pirelli Tire North America
    • Rome, Georgia
  • Yokohama Tire Corporation
    • West Point, Mississippi

Improvement Award

Improvement Awards are provided to facilities that have a DART rate that is at least 10 percent better than the facility’s prior year performance and is better than the industry average for 2018.

  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
    • Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
    • Graniteville, South Carolina (ORR)
    • Graniteville, South Carolina (PSR)
    • Morrison, Tennessee
    • Russellville, Arkansas
  • Michelin North America, Inc.
    • Greenville, South Carolina (US1)
    • Greenville, South Carolina (PRIME)
    • Starr, South Carolina (US8)
    • Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • Covington, Georgia
  • Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc.
    • White, Georgia

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