At its annual meeting today, the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) presented eight of its 20 safety awards this year to U.S. Michelin manufacturing plants.
Two Michelin production facilities were recognized for excellence in worker health and safety, and six were acknowledged for significant improvements in these categories.
RMA’s Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP) awards, established in 1981, recognizes member companies that achieve significant enhancements in worker health and safety. The SHIP awards encourage and reward a company’s demonstrated commitment to worker health and safety.
Michelin plants in Greenville, S.C. (Tweel) and Starr–Anderson, S.C. (US10) received Excellence awards; another facility in Greenville, S.C. (US1), as well as plants in Dothan, Ala., two in Lexington, S.C., Tuscaloosa, Ala., Norwood, N.C., Fort Wayne, Ind. and Covington, Ga. received Improvement awards.
“Because Michelin is focused on the safety and health of its employees, the RMA SHIP awards represent very significant achievements for these facilities,” said Pete Selleck, Michelin North America’s chairman and president. “It is the hard work and devotion to safety of our manufacturing employees that make such results possible.”
Two categories of awards are presented to companies that demonstrate workplace safety improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workday cases. The Excellence category is for facilities that achieve an incidence rate that is 75 percent better than the average achieved by plants that provide data to RMA.
The Improvement award is for plants that achieve an incidence 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.
For 2015, four Excellence awards and 16 Improvement Awards were presented at the RMA’s annual meeting.
Forty-four RMA member facilities supplied data for the annual survey to determine the extent of workplace safety improvements. The data supplied to RMA is the same that is provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tracks injury and illness information on all industries.
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 21,700 and operates 20 major manufacturing plants in 17 locations in the US, Canada and Mexico.