Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Receives Volunteer Star Safety Award

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | 02:16 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis announced that Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations – Warren County Plant in Morrison was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.
"Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has met the evaluation standards required to receive this award by proving their ability to uphold an excellent safety record," said Alisa Malone, Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Deputy Commissioner, who presented the Volunteer STAR award to the company today at the company’s facility located at 725 Bridgestone Drive. “It is evident that Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations is extremely dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.”
The Volunteer STAR award is the state’s highest honor for workplace safety and health and a nationally recognized program. The Volunteer STAR is patterned after the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and recognizes the best of the best in the area of safety and health programming and performance.
“Bridgestone Americas is committed to being a premier place to work, and a critical part of achieving that is adhering to the highest levels of safety and health in our plants,” said Barry Owens, Vice President of Manufacturing for Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group. “The receipt of this award represents a continued total team effort on the part of our teammates here in Warren and it gives us great pride to help celebrate their accomplishments here today.”
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations – Warren County Plant has 929 employees that manufacture and sell a broad range of over-the-road truck tires. The plant is considered to be one of the most automated tire facilities in the world. This is the site’s fifth time to receive the Volunteer STAR award. There are currently 37 Volunteer STAR sites in Tennessee.
For the three-year period 2008-2010, the site’s safety record is as follows:
  • Three-year Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR) is 4.34
    21% below the current Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average
  • Three-year Days Away from Work and Restricted Activity and/or Transfer Incidence Rate (DART) rate is 2.83
    21% below the current BLS industry averages
A certificate of recognition is awarded to the STAR recipient, as is a flag that can be flown at the site. The company is also permitted to use the Volunteer STAR logo on its correspondence and company documents.
The standard for participation in the STAR program is the confirmation of a company’s safety and health program, which helps reduce accidents and injuries. The program also allows employers to be removed from programmed compliance inspection lists for a period of three years.
For more information on the Volunteer STAR award program and other TOSHA award programs contact TOSHA’s Consultative Services office at (800) 325-9901.

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