Firestone plant reaches safety milestone

Firestone Industrial Products announced today that its Dyersburg, Tenn., manufacturing facility has reached the milestone of working one million man-hours without a lost-time accident.

“Safety is the top priority for each of our employees,” says Mike Kroeger, plant manager in Dyersburg. “This milestone represents each employee’s commitment to keeping each other safe and creating a Premier Place to Work for all current and future employees.”

Firestone has an established safety program that includes training, evaluation of basic systems, internal audits and continuous improvement. Daily, monthly and quarterly meetings focus on workplace safety and process safety management. Teammates are fully engaged in the safety process, and there is active, visible involvement of all levels of management, the company says.

The Dyersburg plant, which produces metal components and cured rubber products for air springs, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014.

During its 25 years of operations, the plant has been the recipient of several Tennessee and Bridgestone safety awards and recognitions, including the Tennessee Occupational Safety & Health Administration (TOSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Certification and Recertification, eight Tennessee Governor’s Awards of Excellence for Safety and nine company safety awards.

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