WASHINGTON (March 4, 2003) — The Rubber Manufacturers Association recognized 77 tire and rubber manufacturing facilities for improvements in worker health and safety in the past year.
The Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP) awards were presented at the RMA's annual meeting last month in Palm Springs, Calif. The awards, which were begun in 1981, are in two categories: excellence and improved. Excellence marks facilities that had an incidence rate 75 percent better than the average of other plants.
Among the “excellence” winners were plants operated by Bridgestone/Firestone, Pirelli Tire North America Inc., Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., and Titan Industries Inc.
In a release, Pirelli said its improved safety record was spurred by its Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS). The company said distinct fabrication processes are reduced from 14 to three with the robotic system, which replaces traditional hand-fabricated tire production. Pirelli said a new tire is turned out in about three minutes.
A complete list of the winning plants is available on the RMA's Web site, www.rma.org.