A Bridgestone tyres manufacturing plant in the US is celebrating a major safety milestone.
The consumer tyres factory in Wilson, North Carolina, has marked one million man-hours without a lost time accident.
“This is a significant achievement that illustrates how seriously our team mates are committed to safety,” says Bob Walker, vice president of health, safety and industrial hygiene, Bridgestone Americas.
“Congratulations to the Wilson facility for its outstanding results and continuous improvement in safety.”
The achievement of a million accident free man-hours is not the first safety-related recognition earned by the Wilson workers.
In 2007, the North Carolina Department of Labor recognised the facility for the fourth consecutive year with a North Carolina Safety Achievement Award.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association also granted the Wilson facility a Safety Health Improvement Award for safety advancements and low incidence rates in 2008.
“Every day, BATO team mates ensure the highest level of safety for one another in the workplace,” said Wilson plant manager Jim Pridgen.
“This is a tremendous achievement for our team. We will continue to strive for the highest levels of safety for our plants.”
The Wilson plant, which employs more than 1,800 people, is the eighth Bridgestone Americas’ facility to surpass the one million hour milestone in 2009.
Oliver Hall, Operations Team