WASHINGTON—Four U.S. tire manufacturers have won Safety and Health Improvement (SHIP) awards from the Rubber Manufacturers Association for excellence and improvements in worker health and safety.
Michelin North America Inc. was the big winner this year, receiving four Excellence awards for its plants at Columbia, S.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Midland City, Ala.; and Starr, S.C., the RMA said in its April 4 release.
The Excellence category is for tire facilities that have achieved a Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) rate 75 or more percent better than the average achieved by all plants that provided data to the RMA, the association said.
Twelve more facilities won Improvement awards, signifying that their DART rates are both 10 percent better than the previous year and the same or better than the RMA average incidence rate, the RMA said.
The Improvement winners are:
• Bridgestone Americas Inc.: Bloomington, Ill.; Long Beach, Calif.; Warren County, Tenn.; and Wilson, N.C.
• Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.: Tupelo, Miss.
• Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.: Akron, Ohio, and Lawton, Okla.
• Michelin North America Inc.: Ardmore, Okla.; Asheboro, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Norwood, N.C.; and Sandy Springs, S.C.
Created in 1981, the SHIP awards recognize RMA members companies for their demonstrated commitment to worker health and safety, the association said.