WASHINGTON—Bridgestone Americas Inc., Michelin North America Inc., Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and Goodyear are the winners of the Rubber Manufacturers Association's Safety and Health Improvement Program Awards for 2015, the RMA announced.
Bridgestone plants in Griffin, Ga., and Long Beach, Calif., won SHIP Excellence awards this year, as did Michelin facilities in Starr-Anderson and Greenville, S.C. (Tweel plant). SHIP Excellence awards honor those tire manufacturing plants that achieve lost workday rates at least 75 percent better than the average of those facilities that provide data to the RMA, the association said.
Sixteen other tire plants received 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. Those plants are:
• Bridgestone: Griffin, Ga.; Long Beach, Calif.
• Cooper: Clarksdale, Miss.
• Michelin: Greenville, S.C.; Midland City, Ala.; Lexington, S.C. (two plants); Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Norwood, N.C.
• Goodyear: Buffalo, N.Y.; Danville, Va.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Topeka, Kan.
Forty-four U.S. tire manufacturing facilities provided safety data for the annual SHIP survey, according to the RMA. This is the same information the tire plants provide to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes injury and illness information from all industries, the RMA said.