NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 8, 2015) – Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) today announced that the company is the recipient of seven awards from the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP) for safety performance of plants operated by Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. During the RMA’s annual meeting in April, Bridgestone captured two Excellence Awards and five Improvement Awards rewarding the company’s demonstrated commitment to worker health and safety.
“At Bridgestone, we are committed to nurturing and supporting a workplace that ensures continuous safety improvement and contributes to the health and safety of our teammates and our communities,” said William Holden, Director of Safety and Industrial Hygiene at Bridgestone Americas. “We are proud to be recognized by the Rubber Manufacturers Association for the continued hard work and focus of our teammates in ensuring a safe workplace.”
Bridgestone received Excellence Awards for its Long Beach, California, and Griffin, Georgia, plants for achieving a Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) rate that is 75 percent better than the average achieved by plants that provide data to the RMA. The company captured Improvement Awards for its Bloomington, Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; Graniteville, South Carolina; LaVergne, Tennessee; and Morrison, Tennessee, plants for achieving a DART rate that is both 10 percent better than its rate in the previous year and the same or better than the RMA average incidence rate.
The RMA’s Safety and Health Improvement Program was created in 1981 to recognize member companies that achieve significant enhancements in worker health and safety. Four tire manufacturers, including Bridgestone, were recognized this year for their improvements.
About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.