Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) today announced it has been awarded a series of 2019 Sustainability Awards for Safety and Health from the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA).
“Safety is a fundamental value at Bridgestone. We believe strengthening workplace health and safety in our manufacturing facilities should go beyond simply measuring injury rates. Success in this area is measured by improving organizational culture, systems and processes, which is something our business strives for daily,” said Gordon Knapp, Chief Executive Officer, Bridgestone Americas.
Bridgestone Americas was honored with this year’s Leadership Award, which recognizes companies that share successful safety initiatives with all USTMA members, as well as the Innovation Award, recognizing companies that implement proactive programs, technologies, or systems to improve workplace safety and health systems and cultures. Additionally, these four Bridgestone facilities received 2019 Improvement Awards:
- Aiken County Off Road Tire Plant located in Graniteville, South Carolina (ORR)
- Aiken County Passenger Tire Plant located in Graniteville, South Carolina
- Warren County Commercial Truck and Bus Radial Plant located in Morrison, Tennessee
- Russellville, Arkansas facility that produces inner tubes
Created in 1981 as USTMA’s “Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP) Awards,” USTMA expanded the program in 2018 as the “Sustainability Awards for Safety and Health,” to better recognize the proactive steps the association’s members have taken to improve workplace safety and health. The annual survey included data submitted by 49 plants across the industry, including tread rubber manufacturing, inner tube manufacturing, aircraft tire manufacturing and tire manufacturing.