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Bridgestone facilities honored for safety
Gordon Knapp, president and CEO of Bridgestone Americas, is presented an improvement award by Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of the Rubber Manufacturers Association.

Bridgestone has announced that four of its facilities have been recognized for excellence and improvements in worker health and safety by the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Safety and Health Improvement Program.
This includes the truck and bus radial plant in Warren County.
Bridgestone received the four improvement awards earlier this month. Gordon Knapp, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas, accepted the awards on behalf of Bridgestone.
Created in 1981, the Safety and Health Improvement Program 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 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.
In addition to the Warren County plants, Bridgestone facilities in Bloomington, Ill., Long Beach, Calif., and Wilson, N.C., were recognized.
Forty-seven 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.