WASHINGTON (April 23, 2015) — The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) has honored four tire manufacturers as winners of its Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP) Awards for 2015.
The RMA singled out Bridgestone Americas Inc., Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Goodyear and Michelin North America Inc. for the SHIP awards.
Bridgestone plants in Griffin, Ga., and Long Beach, Calif. (both tread rubber), and Michelin facilities in Greenville (Tweel) and Starr-Anderson, S.C. won SHIP Excellence awards, which denote plants that achieve lost workday rates at least 75 percent better than the average of those facilities that provide data to the RMA.
The RMA also awarded SHIP Improvement awards, which denote a lost workday rate both 10 percent or more better than the previous year and the same or better than the average RMA incidence rate, to 16 other plants operated by Bridgestone, Cooper, Goodyear and Michelin:
- Bridgestone: Bloomington, Ill.; Des Moines, Iowa; Graniteville, S.C.; and La Vergne and Morrison, Tenn.;
- Cooper: Clarksdale, Miss.
- Michelin: Greenville and Lexington, S.C. (two plants); Midland City (Dothan) and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and Norwood, N.C.
- Goodyear: Buffalo, N.Y.; Danville, Va.; Fayetteville, N.C.; and Topeka, Kan.
Companies provided safety data for 44 tire plants for the annual SHIP survey, according to the RMA. This is the same information the tire plants provide to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes injury and illness information from all industries, the RMA said.