Oxford company achieves 2 million safe hours

Feb. 15, 2013 @ 06:23 PM

OXFORD — The Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions plan has achieved an enviable safety record, clocking more than 2 million employee hours without any lost time due to injuries.

The facility employs more than 192 people and produces tread rubber and retreading materials.

“The 2 million man-hour achievement is another outstanding milestone for the Oxford teammates,” said Mark Averette, plant manager, a prepared statement released this week. “This journey started more than 5½ years ago and reflects teammate commitment to our line driven safety process.”

The company’s achievement was recognized by the N.C. Department of Labor, which awarded the plant a Million Hour Safety designation, an award given to firms that accumulate 1 million employee hours with no injuries or illnesses involving days away from work. The Oxford plant doubled that standard.

“Each teammate is actively involved in hazard identification and prevention,” Averette said in the statement. “Teammate focus on the base of the accident triangle affords this safety performance. I’m extremely proud and honored to work with such great teammates who strive to ensure Bridgestone is a premier place to work.”

The plant received the award at a special ceremony held at the Bridgestone plant in Oxford. On hand for the ceremony in addition to Averette were Cherie Berry, the state commissioner of labor; Ken Weaver, the president of U.S. and Canadian Commercial Tire Operations who works in Nashville, Tenn.; Gerry Short, the Bridgestone manager of safety and industrial hygiene who works in Nashville, Tenn.; Greg Harris, the vice president of North American Manufacturing and Supply Chain who works in Muscatine, Iowa; and David Martin, the human resources and safety manager on site in Oxford.