Apr 21, 2016 NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Bridgestone Recognized for Achievements in Worker Safety & Health

Gary Garfield, CEO and president, chairman, Bridgestone Americas, accepting the awards on behalf of Bridgestone.

Six Bridgestone Americas plants receive awards at RMA Board meeting

Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) today announced that six of its facilities have been recognized for excellence and improvements in worker health and safety by the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s (RMA) Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP). Bridgestone received three Excellence Awards and three Improvement Awards during the RMA’s Board meeting.

Gary Garfield, CEO and president, chairman, Bridgestone Americas, accepted the awards on behalf of Bridgestone.

Created in 1981, the SHIP awards encourage and reward RMA members’ commitment to worker health and safety. Two categories of awards are presented to companies that demonstrate workplace safety excellence and improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workday cases. The “Excellence” category is for facilities that achieve a Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) rate that is 75 percent better than the average achieved by plants that provided data to RMA. The “Improvement” award is for plants that achieve a DART rate that is both 10 percent better than its rate in the previous year and is the same or better than the RMA average incidence rate.

The following Bridgestone plants were recognized:

Excellence Awards

  • Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Aiken County, Off Road Tire Plant, Trenton, South Carolina
  • Bridgestone Bandag Plant, Griffin, Georgia
  • Bridgestone Bandag Plant, Oxford, North Carolina

Improvement Awards

  • Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Aiken County, PSR Plant, Graniteville, South Carolina
  • Bridgestone Americas Tube Business, Russellville, Arkansas
  • Bridgestone Bandag Plant, Abilene, Texas

Forty-five plants from RMA member companies supplied data for the annual survey to be eligible for awards. The data supplied to RMA is identical to information provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes annual injury and illness information on all industries.

For more information about the company’s commitment to the health and safety of employees, visit BridgestoneAmericas.com.