SpecialDon Bunn, president and CEO of Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc., receives the Sustainability Award for Improvement from Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association.

Toyo Tires’ Bartow County plant has received an award for improving its occupational health and safety rates between 2017 and 2018.

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association awarded Toyo with one of four 2019 Sustainability Awards for Safety and Health for their work in advancing occupational health and safety.

Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc.’s plant in White won an Improvement Award, which is given to facilities that have a Days Away, Restricted or Transfer (DART) rate that is at least 10 percent better than the facility’s prior year performance and better than the industry average for 2018.

The DART rate measures serious injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

Other winners included Bridgestone Americas Inc. plants in South Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas; Cooper Tire & Rubber Company plant in Mississippi; and Michelin North America Inc. plants in Covington, Georgia, and South Carolina and Alabama.

Pirelli Tire North America’s Rome facility won an Excellence Award, which is given to facilities that have a DART rate that is 75 percent better than the industry average.

“USTMA members share an aspirational vision for the U.S. tire manufacturing industry of zero injuries and illnesses in the workplace,” said Anne Forristall Luke, association president and CEO.

“This recognition highlights the safety programs, technologies and systems that advance progress toward meeting our vision on workplace safety.”

Created in 1981 as USTMA’s “Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP) Awards,” USTMA renamed and 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.

“In recent years OSHA, leading safety and health experts, and USTMA members have recognized that when addressing workplace safety and health, measuring for success has to go beyond data collection of injury rates” said Jesse Levine, USTMA Director, Environment and Safety Regulatory Affairs. “What we’ve learned is that achieving true success in this area is also driven by factors such as a strong organizational culture and effective systems and processes. USTMA members are constantly striving for ways to improve these indicators, and we are proud to recognize the cultures and systems driving workplace safety at our members’ facilities through the new awards.”

The annual survey included data submitted by 49 plants, including tread rubber manufacturing, inner tube manufacturing, aircraft tire manufacturing and tire manufacturing.

The data supplied to USTMA is identical to information provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes annual injury and illness information on all industries.


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