DYERSBURG, Tenn.—Firestone Industrial Products Co. L.L.C.'s Dyersburg, Tenn., facility received a Commissioner's Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health.
Employees at the location worked more than 320,000 hours without a lost-time injury, according to a Firestone news release. The location, which employs 110 people, is one of Firestone Industrial Products' two manufacturing facilities in the U.S.
The Commissioner's Award, given by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, recognizes companies that meet a required number of hours worked without injuries serious enough to cause an employee to miss a day of work. The number of required hours is based on the size of the company, Firestone said.
"Safety is ingrained in our culture and is the top priority in our day-to-day operations," Firestone Industrial President Emily Poladian said in a statement. "This culture of safety underscores the Bridgestone commitment to be an employer of choice. This is truly a team effort."
The Dyersburg facility has received multiple safety, quality and environmental awards during its 30 years of operation, including four Commissioners Awards of Safety Excellence since 2005 and nine Governor's Awards of Excellence since 2005. The facility is a member of Tennessee Volunteer Safety Through Accountability and Recognition and Tennessee Green Star Partnership. It also has ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certification.
Firestone said its safety program includes training, evaluation of basic systems, internal audits and continuous improvement. Employees participate in annual safety activities such as identifying hidden dangers, behavioral safety observations and safety audits, and the company uses daily, monthly and quarterly meetings to focus on workplace safety and process safety management.
Firestone Industrial Products, a part of Bridgestone and headquartered in Nashville, manufactures air springs and related products for vehicles including commercial trucks and trailers, cars, sport-utility vehicles and light trucks, among others. It has manufacturing and assembly plants and technical centers in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.